Northwest Newton Road Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Portland, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Similar to the firelanes that criss cross much of Forest Park, Newton Rd starts out as a road and narrows to a trail. It follows the ridge down to Hwy 30, so the elevation changes are rather quick at times. The trail is covered in large gravel, so it is stable in the rain, but a little hard on the ankles. It appears to be good for mountain biking, but steep in places coming back up. The road goes through alder forest and conifer forest, all with loads of sword ferns. The under growth is lush and there are the usual wildflowers visible from the trail.
I paired Newton Rd with Wildwood Trail to make a short loop with an out and back extension on the Newton Road. I liked that it followed the ridge down towards Hwy 30 so that we got a nice workout in a few minutes. The elevation changes quite quickly in a couple of spots but thankfully levels out in between. A really nice workout. The trail is roomy (it's a road, but narrows to a trail) and looks to be used by mountain bikers, but we didn't see any. I don't know how the connection goes down at Hwy 30 since we didn't go all the way down. The Newton Road was not marked on Google maps but there is a street sign on Skyline Blvd. The Newton Road Trailhead has a nice roomy parking lot, but no potty. The forest is lush. Some wildflowers were blooming. We saw a tiger lilly and many more budding.