dogs on leash
Do not follow the directions to GPS coordinates; this is not the trailhead! You will find yourself at an auto body shop on NW St Helen's Rd without parking. There appears to be a trail or fire road with a chain across it...but can't park there anyway. Hook up from NW 53rd or elsewhere.
Leif is double wide trail, it narrows to single track once on wildwood. On a mid day Saturday, we saw maybe 10 other hikers /runners. Due to the recent snow/rains, trails had some muddy spots (but what's a hike without getting some mud on your boots!
Christina R. on Ridge Trail
This was amazing! Went on 1/28/2017....Best way is the start on the bottom of Ridge Trail at the St.John Bridge and hike all the way up and coast down! It's was hard going up but well worth it.. Going down was a blast. Haha
We made the mistake (kind of) of using Google to find the trailhead of Ridge Trail. It took us to the entrance via NW Bridge Avenue which is actually the bottom of the trail, so 5 minutes in, we already reached the beautiful lookout point over St. John's Bridge. There was no satisfaction in that though so we decided to hike all the way up and back down, just to see what Forest Park is all about. This place is HUGE! No wonder they named it Forest Park. Fun fact - it's also one of the biggest, if not...THE biggest metropolitan park in the United States.
The other reviewers are right, even on a sunny day, it can still be really muddy at certain parts, especially if it rained earlier in the week. We hiked a week after the ice storm, so there were certain parts in the trail where we had to climb over some trees that fell over.
There's not really much else to see on the rest of the trail. No other jaw-dropping lookout points from what I know, unless you head all the way to the other side where the Pittock Mansion is. I saw several joggers along the way (on Christmas Day, surprisingly!) and the park is inside of Portland, which makes for a great choice if you're looking for something quick and nearby.
What I did appreciate is how well-marked the trails are. However, I wouldn't recommend Ridge Trail if you're looking for a hike where you can picnic by a scenic viewpoint, which is what I like to do. The lookout point of the St. John's Bridge is not very spacious. But if you're looking for something quick, this'll work for you. And if you don't even want to get the exercise in, then park at the bottom so you don't have to hike down.
Hike was easy enough, just boring. Word of warning. Person had his car broken into. They smashed his windows.
Another person said, who was leaving, they no longer lock doors. They don't leave anything in car so at least they don't have to pay for replacing windows.