Explore the most popular birding trails in Forest Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

13 days ago

Lots of places to get on and off the trail. it was busy but still very nice.

Beautiful views. Clearly blazed or marked. Enjoy Redwood Deck. Hills are moderate.

1 month ago

not bad for the middle of the city. good inclines.

Great little hike, pretty easy overall with some slight inclines towards the end.

TIP: come before 10am on a weekend and you'll mostly have the trial to yourself. if you come after that time, parking can be hit or miss.

Go all the way thru at the top and enjoy a beer at skyline tavern. There is a great outdoor area with horseshoes and dog friendly. Generally somewhat steep, but manageable for most, and a great reward at the top! Highly recommend.

This was an enjoyable hike with well developed paths and peaceful surroundings. If you love trees, you’re in for a treat because the trail lives up to the namesake of Forest Park. If you’re looking for a view beyond that? I would suggest another trail. As far as difficulty, it is much more moderate than it is hard. Nothing too extraneous and very level for at least half of the trail (specifically on the Fire Lanes). Great for trail running but I was out there to get accustomed to new hiking boots.

GPS came in at 4.5 miles, took us about 1.5 hours to complete.

Be aware, parking can fill up by 10am on a weekend and there are lots of trail runners out here.

2 months ago

Kicked my a** lol

First of three short hikes starting late Sunday afternoon. Not crowded, saw five or six people. Nice forest scenery but no views. Trickle of a stream to follow part of the loop. A bit of elevation change, but nothing difficult.

Nice moderate hike. A good hill climb in the middle but mostly even through the rest. No views to speak of but you are deep in the woods. Very nice escape!

We only completed the loop portion of this trail. Quite beautiful trail itself with only glimpses of views. There were lots of trail runners and other hikers.

its s bit confusing but will definitely be going back to explore everything else Around the area.

3 months ago

This trail has the coolest view of St. John's Bridge but it's a bit of a bummer that it's at the beginning. I still recommend this for anyone who is looking for a quick and fairly easy hike, but I'd say it constitutes as more of a nature walk considering there's no other noteworthy viewpoints or look-outs. At least you get the view of St. John's twice! It's great if you want to get out of the city and hike around some nature for a bit without driving an hour and a half outside Portland.

Nice trail. Love the old growth.

boring hike. scenery stinks. if you're doing the full 9 mile hike, take wild cherry, then wildwood, then firelane 1 to nature hike. then just reverse it to get back down. decent for trail running but not for a nice hike.

Great 4th of July hike. We really used the downloaded map. Would have had trouble staying on the trail otherwise. Our GPS logged 5.4 miles.

Wild Cherry is a bit steep but Wildwood and Dogwood sections of the trail are easy.

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3 months ago

Trail ran this during June last year, upper parts are not as travelled and would make great for day hikes away from most people. Crowded near Fire lane 1, Hardesty Trail any where that runs along Saltzman road and Hoyt Arboretum. Nothing of significant grade and extremely well kept, they even put a bunch of new seats near the north end.

I liked the trail and with all the side trails available it’s easy to make it as long as you want it. I ended up hiking about 4.5 miles but I had some significant incline that made the shorter hike a good workout.

3 months ago

Forest Park is one of my favorites and this trail is one of the best. It’s cool, shady, and peaceful with little to moderate traffic. I recommend going in spring or summer for the full lush, PNW forest effect. The climb is steep in some parts but I wouldn’t say it’s too challenging.

Peaceful, green, well marked trails. Beautiful cool weather very easy with small moments of uphill paid off by incredible views. Smooth trails with friendly people met along the way. Easy drop off and pick up points from uber. Loved every second

3 months ago

Walked about 4 miles after visiting Pittock Mansion. Trailhead just off parking lot.

beautiful hike, trail is well maintained.

4 months ago

Beautiful trails, well kept.

Maple is a beautiful trail, but NW Saltzman is just a small gravel road. Nothing pleasant about that. The fire lane for the last stretch of the loop is, honestly, miserable to hike down. Steep, very, very bumpy, dirt decline that one could easily twist an ankle on or worse. Nothing much to look at song this stretch which also features views power lines overhead. I'd strongly recommend plotting an alternative route back to the trailhead.

4 months ago

You can cross the St. Johns on foot bridge to pick up the Ridge Trail, and meet up with the Leif Erikson trail which goes all the way into NW Portland. My favorite urban hike, by far!

I discovered that, if you go up Wildwood instead of continuing on Wild Cherry, you can access the top of Alder via NW Leif Erikson Drive (which isn't paved, but a little stretch of gravelly road). If you do that, you can then make an actual loop by crossing over to Alder (which is a more narrow path and mostly uphill, but not too steep) and then go down Alder swing back up Dogwood to the top where it reconnects with Wildwood and take Wildwood all the way back down to where it connects back with Wild Cherry - and then back to the beginning! It's 6.2 miles. Took me a little over 2 hours, but I'm slow. Going up Dog was also uphill, but again not too steep. It was fantastic. Highly recommend this route if you're not up for really steep climbs, but want the extra distance while making a "loop." Lots a pretty wildflowers out right now too!

4 months ago

Did the 30+ mile thru hike. Took us about 12.5 hours point-to-point with ample rest/stretch/feed time and a detour to Pittock Mansion. It’s pretty much just walking through a bunch of forest for a reeeeeally long time. Super shaded so not too hot, but definitely Mosquito City. If you’re looking to do the thru-hike, I’d suggest starting at the southern trailhead in order to get the majority of your elevation gain out of the way before you get tired/sore. Also, you’ll be more likely to take the extra quarter mile to check out the Pittock Mansion viewpoint which is stunning and the only view you will get on this hike. Also, be prepared to share the trail with like, everyone in Portland. Overall, a good time.

Great trail. Get there early and park on an offshoot off Skyline to avoid chaos at the Germantown parking lots.

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