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A basic meandering trail mostly in within the wetlands. It does bring you onto the Springwater Corridor, which can get busy. The trail itself was easy to navigate.

I wouldn’t go out of your way to the park area. As others have said there’s a lot of homeless and suspicious activity going on. I didn’t feel comfortable alone. The rest of the trail seems okay.

Super simple, beautiful history that the city kept it as the original owners had as a gorgeous garden.
Exciting to see the original home as well.
Wouldn't call this a hike as more of a nature walk.
Great for beginners though.

Amazing view of Mount St. Helens & Mount Hood. If your looking to see the sunrise, not the trail to go on, but the nature and view will take your breath away.

Well kept trail. Not very scenic throughout. Easy and flat. Saw Egrets and Great Blue Herons.

Great trail, well marked. Not too much elevation gain. All Trails makes it easy to navigate. As a visitor to the area amazed how close to town. Then ran to Cafe Viola.....yum. Being a Monday morning very few people out so had trails to ourselves.

trail running
19 days ago

Great place to run, have to dodge horse poo but usually never see horses. Trails are generally flat but some good hills mixed in. Love running here!

21 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike so close to downtown. We did this with young kids on a rainy December day and it was still very enjoyable.

I love Lacamas Park. It’s close, but with the trees and the water you feel as if you were far out of town. I highly suggest this as it is beautiful and easy.

1 month ago

Good hike. Signs are kind of confusing so make sure you pay attention to them and make sure not to take wrong trail. Redwood Deck is a cool area to check out the trees!

Solid hike - love the fall colors - a lot of people and a little too much road noise but so easy to get to from Dtn Portland. Trails well maintained and well marked

1 month ago

Some really steep short sections with sharp switchbacks, but overall nice forest scenery. No major focal points of interest.

1 month ago

This was my first time in Forest Park and I thought that the parking lot by the audubon society and nature store was the official place to begin all the trails....it's not. The trails that take off from the nature store/gift shop are just a short loop that never take you out of earshot of the highway. Jay trail is the "large" loop in this system (there is also Woodpecker trail and Wren trail that cut across the loop). The Jay trail does not connect with the greater trails of Forest Park (like Wildwood trail). It's a closed system.

That being said, if you have small kids (I passed a boy scout troupe), this is a great trail. Easy, wide, access to a small pond, a few wooden bridges, etc. Note that dogs are not allowed on these loop trails, even if they're leashed. Not really sure why, but there was a sign about it.

So if you're looking for a trail that really puts you in the woods and away from people for several miles...this isn't it. Otherwise, it's a great trail for kids.

Beautiful trails and scenes. This is a series of loops- do all of them for about 3.5 miles. We went about a week ago and the giant maple leaves fell the whole time with yellow sun rays shining through.... damp floor covered in leaves and mushrooms... songbirds and frogs singing constantly. There’s no major feature, but it is some beautiful hiking. Mostly flat. Easily jog-able. Loved it. And the horse poo just didn’t really bother us that much, to be honest.

We couldn’t find the falls even with the GPS... confusing signage and lots of red herring bike trails

This place is beautiful and peaceful but the horse owners do not pick up the horses waste like they are supposed to which is very inconsiderate. There is horse shit literally everywhere. This place would be perfect if it weren’t for that.

Forest Park is beautiful and convenient for a nature escape if you live in or are visiting Portland. There is usually heavy traffic on trails until you hike further out. If your looking for solitude plan on hiking for a while but never the less a beautiful park!

Great way to start the day!

took my son to see the falls, great trails and scenic river along the route. over all we enjoyed it we'll be coming back

If you live in the neighborhood this is a nice trail towards the end. But I wouldn’t drive to get here.

just watch out for the horse poo otherwise an awsome trail to walk for the whole family. very well maintained.

This is a great hike close to town. as others have said the markings are not good/confusing. We really enjoyed it as I have been to the lake for many years and this is the first time I have seen some of these places.

trail running
3 months ago

This is a beautiful place to take a hike or run through the woods with a fair amount of solitude during the week. Plan to meet horseback riders—my dog enjoyed meeting a few horses in a very controlled environment. Keeping dogs leashed is important here for the safety of the riders, horses and the pup!

Wanted to check somewhere out closer to home. There were some lovely views along this hike...I loved the rushing water under the bridge. Overall I was trying to find Woodburn Falls but found it a bit confusing based on the signage. Never did find it but I still enjoyed my time. The trail had a lot of dog waste along the path and the paths were rockier than I anticipated.

Beautiful wooded hike. I found maps a bit confusing at first but found my way around. Really could have spent all day there. My dogs were well exercised when we got back to the car. Beautiful day.

trails are not marked besides trail head. and WARNING SPOTTED a cougar at the trail split at 745 am the other day

flew in from Tulsa today and fell in love with this trail. I came back out of the trail head just at full dark and it was perfect.

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