Explore the most popular hiking 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.

23 hours ago

I absolutely love the parts of this trail I’ve hiked, and I’m so intrigued by every trail that branches off, I get more and more excited about going back. It’s gorgeous and challenging and it’s wonderful in every type of weather, and it’s really hard to resist stopping and taking photos of everything.

7 days ago

This was a great easy hike! I used this as a way to ease back into hiking this summer. When we used waze to find the trailhead we did actually start at the end of the trail rather than the beginning. However it was nice I be able to see St. John’s bridge twice rather than just once!

This was a quiet, peaceful hike on a sunny Wednesday morning. So many birds! It was a perfect hike for my young dog, who is learning to be a good hiker. We saw only there other people in two hours. Don’t be put off by the fire lanes – they go through lovely terrain. There’s a pretty little Buddha shrine at Wilson creek, look for it! It’s a lollipop route. And yep, that last stretch back is uphill. Here’s a good description from a Portland Magazine piece about trails in the park. From NW Skyline Boulvevard, follow Firelane 15, cross over the Wildwood Trail, and turn up Firelane 12 to BPA Road. Go right on BPA Road. Turn right on Wildwood Trail. Return via Firelane 15. (Moderate, 4-mile lollipop loop)

13 days ago

Love this trail. Short enough for weekday jaunt after work. Didn’t see another io the trail. The end a bit of a challenge for so early in the year, but not too bad.

Love Forest Park. Parking area can get quite full on the weekend. There is another parking area to the SW where you can park too.

The first part on Leif Erickson can be a mix of mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners. Later on Wildwood trail the traffic is lighter (and no bikers allowed).

14 days ago

Great moderate hike, and the Skyline Tavern is at the end for refilling water bottles and a beer. Pretty well traveled, some signs of homeless camps off the rabbit trails but not overly so.

Loved this hike. I just love Forest Park's feel.

25 days ago

You’ll break a sweat with this hike up and down.

26 days ago

Ground (in some patches) somewhat soft from previous rain. But you can’t beat 73’ and sunny!

I loved this trail. I hiked it a few times. Lots of beautiful trees and flowers.

This is a good trail for hiking but not trail running. Quite a bit of incline and switch backs in the beginning, but it levels out once you reach dogwood/wildwood. Pretty flowers and scenery. Only saw 3 people on alder the whole time!

trail running
1 month ago

Started on 53rd. Less populated the further up you go. No incredibly steep inclines.

Probably a great trail running trail but pretty boring otherwise. Probably my least favorite trail as far as scenery goes.

A literal walk in the park.. Boring and not too much for scenery right now. Very wet and muddy!!

used to drive it in the late 60s and early 70s.

muddy and steep. that is all.

This really shouldn’t be labeled ‘Easy’. The last little part basically follows a power line and is strait down. It was pretty muddy as well, although we just had a huge rain storm. It was a great trail, though. A bit hard to know exactly which direction to turn sometimes because there can be up to 4 options and the signage isn’t that great. There were not many people, so it was nice and quiet. I would definitely recommend it, but maybe when it’s a bit drier and not for someone who is recovering from an ankle fracture =)

Fun first half on the trail, a lot of elevation changes and turns so it doesn’t get boring. Finishing on a fire lane back to the parking lot. Enough elevation changes to get a workout if running.

This not a true loop, but a lollipop trail. The majority of the hike is on wide fire lanes and therefore uninteresting to me. The only nice part of the hike was the part on The Wildwood Trail. Info I read said that it’s a less trafficked trail but I passed about 10 groups of people. Less trafficked for Forest Park i suppose. Enjoy the downhill in the beginning. You’ll be going up on the way back. This trail definitely falls into the moderate category but is an easy jaunt for seasoned hikers.

I haven't hiked the whole 30 miles of it but this is a great trail because there are so many other options to branch off of and cool places to see.

nature trips
2 months ago

Started the Wildwood Trail off of SW Fischer Lane. Also hit the Redwood and Oak trail. Did not go through the whole 27 mile loop of Wildwood but all trails we hit north of the Visitor Center was very enjoyable. Our starting point of the Wildwood was intensely green and vegetated. Oak trail not so much but for a sunny day in Portland, with very limited run ins with other hikers it was an enjoyable outing. Far more of a decent walk than what I would consider a "hike".

Loved this hike. The trail crosses over many streams of water. With dense moss covered tree views. Only took a star away because the trail sings were difficult to make sense of.

This trail was a good workout. Some mud in spots and joggers passing through which means stepping off the narrow trails in spots. Quiet, diverse, all different types of trees but popular the closer you get to the zoo. Love to go in the spring when the magnolia trees are in bloom.

2 months ago

Fun trail with a great view of the St John’s Bridge!

trail running
2 months ago

supper muddy and slick but I like it dirty

Beautiful sunny, cold, quiet Monday in the woods! Trail is well maintained. Would have given full stars had there been a view of the four volcanoes not blocked by trees!

Nice section of Forest Park's Wildwood Trail, and associated views from the elevation, with easy access from Portland proper via Ridge Trail. Hats off to the City of Portland for Forest Park!

3 months ago

Good trail to build endurance and condtion on.

3 months ago

20 minutes from my front door, great trail for training

Been looking for a little longer hike in North Portland that is a loop and not in and back. Found this trail to be great!

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