Waterline Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Waterline Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Portland, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles 905 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


4 months ago

This hike was quick and easy, but definitely a workout from start to finish. It was pretty peaceful and there was hardly anyone on the trail; which was nice. If you are looking for a short hike near St. John's, I would recommend this one, but expect to be a little sore afterwards if you haven't hiked in awhile.

7 months ago

Good, quick, in-town conditioning hike, albeit short. Travels steeply at times from near the base of Germantown Rd up to Skyline road. Turn onto the Wildwood trail to lengthen your outing.

steep uphill in parts. Good hike. Beautiful scenery. Not much parking. Carpool if possible.

1 year ago

1 year ago

This was a really good trail with steep elevation gains in the beginning (from Germantown Rd entrance). The trail was a bit soggy in certain parts of Wildwood Trail. The final stretch along the road is a bit tricky. Make sure to wear bright colors so when you're walking back up Germantown Rd you're highly visible to traffic.

1 year ago

The Waterline Trail is a typical Forest Park trail, meaning it's quite nice. Hard packed, decent elevation gain, loads of ferns and Oregon grape along the trails, and a heavy canopy of tall Douglas firs and other trees. Not very crowded. A bonus at the top / south end of the trail is an open meadow for picnics and Skyline Tavern, a local watering hole favorite, complete with horseshoes and a view of the Tualatin Valley. (Technically Tolinda and Waterline are separate trails, although they make a nice straight path together.)