Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

hiking
20 hours ago

Really good hike. Definitely some steep slopes and exposed roots, which would make it difficult for out of shape people trying to get into hiking. Trail signs are misleading! Make sure you have downloaded this app and check the map at every trail sign-we kept following Wildwood trail which led us off this loop. This loop follows the Wildwood trail for the most part, but does utilize branching trails to complete the loop. Overall, it was a beautiful day for a hike and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely!

good elevation with a great view in the beginning of mt adams and st helens.

hiking
14 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!

hiking
19 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.

hiking
20 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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!

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 =)

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.

hiking
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

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!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this in late December 2017. The road coming from the river had a big landslide section about 1 mile East from the trailhead on Newberry Rd. and was closed. We decided to just park at the closure site, and walk. It looked like people can still drive and park at the trail head coming from the West side of Newberry Rd. Beautiful trail that is well maintained, but I hope they fix the road soon.

hiking
4 months ago

Short and Sweet yet great nature immersion. Nice Trail

It’s nice not having to park along the main road in this area of forest park. The trail is a little less traveled than some and the other hikers seemed a little more chill. Would recommend.

Would have been a 5 star if there wasn’t so much industrial noise at the end. Beautiful during the fall/winter with snow on the ground.

hiking
5 months ago

Ridge trail is a fantastic hike, the first 35-45 mins are a moderate upwards climb until you reach the top of the ridge at one of forest parks many fire lanes that are also accessible for hikers. Along the way up there are many trails that intersect the ridge trail including the largest of the parks trails; the wildwood. This means that the ridge trail can be an out and back hike as described here or it can be a lovely start to an amazing all day hike. I️ live in St. John’s where this trail head starts and have many times on a cool sunny morning headed up the ridge and wound up all the way in NW Portland five or six hours later after meandering through the countless beautiful trails of forest park. I️ would recommend this hike to anyone!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike for a muddy trail!

hiking
6 months ago

This was a nice hike. it was about 45 degrees and drizzling so I pretty much had the trail to myself. the first mile or so is where the elevation is steepest. When you get to the top there is a long old logging or maintenance road that can lengthen your walk. that is wide and more or less flat. You can get down to the St. Johns bridge on the Willamette from here as well. my guess is from the very small parking area at the trailhead to the bridge and back is maybe 5 or 6 miles.

No scenic views, overall a relatively boring forest walk

6 months ago

Includes 2 trails: Tolinda trail, which starts at Germantown, and then it connects to Waterline trail which goes to the top -- and Skyline tavern. Nice elevation gain, not too bad except it was muddy, however, it's November so that's expected!

My puppy discovered it. it connects Lief Erikson to Wildwood. Steep and slippery when coming down

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike to do in the fall

7 months ago

Amazing! Go for it. Great trail run. The signs are a bit confusing so pay attention. I really enjoyed the first downhill zig zag. Lots of exposed roots but a great downhill run. It was nice to go on the hike after a few days of rain because you could hear the little creeks and see the water under the small bridges.

This part of Forest Park will never disappoint. This is a great short hike to do in the morning or after work. The Wildwood trail can get a bit busy on the weekends with trail runners but otherwise this is a totally enjoyable hike. Down Wild Cherry and up Dogwood feels a bit more steep coming up then the other way around, where Wild Cherry ascent feels a little more gradual to me.

You can do a shorter version of this loop by starting at the Wild Cherry/ Dogwood Trailhead on 53rd. Gorgeous part of Forest Park, this is truly a Sunday afternoon stroll type setting. There is a bit of incline on the Alder trail, as well as Wild Cherry if you're coming up from Wildwood. Wild Cherry and Alder trails are less populated than Wildwood which makes those parts of the trail more enjoyable, imo.

hiking
8 months ago

I enjoyed the views, even the fire roads were pretty cool. Thank goodness for this app keeping me on the right path!!

I hiked this with my 5 and 7 year olds and our dog. It was fairly crowded by late morning but we got our forest fix!

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