Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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!

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 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail to build endurance and condtion on.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Not hard. Moderate is a better tag. Enjoy!

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.

Beautiful day! After the week I had I would have given 4 stars for a walk around our neighborhood. Got a break in the weather after raining all week. The trail presented me with mist, falling leaves and drops from the trees after the evening rain. The first mile is a narrow road but has a nice feel looking on to a ravine. The trail then narrows and eventually climbs. Encountered very few people on this Saturday morning. Much needed!

5 months ago

Although not a particularly difficult hike all around, it starts going straight up for a while (straight down on the way back) on loose rocky terrain. Next time, I will stretch first. Nice views and satisfying hike so close to Portland. Totally worth it.

Beautiful trail and not too easy for a run - loved it

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.

Great for trail running. Beautiful scenery, lush and green and peaceful. I went during the week and did 8 miles total (4 out and 4 back). Only passed about 4 people! I'm sure if you go on a weekend it's busier. Only thing that was frustrating is that I had trouble finding the trail entrance; the directions link from this site led me to a random spot so I had to drive around and google a bit to find the actual trail entrance. Got there in the end but don't think the directions from this site necessarily work on 100% of the trails. I'm also not from this area so maybe it was just me! In either case, highly recommend going. Great spot and so close to Portland!

hiking
7 months ago

excellent for conditioning.

Great trail to get out of the sun and heat. Good for hiking and trail running. Numerous route alternatives to choose from.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, lots of beautiful scenery!

Great trail! Solid hike with nice forest views. Good warm up on Leif Erickson drive before going up a big hill.

Great Sunday Afternoon hike with shades all over..Love all big trees, ferns,friendly people, and pretty dogs

Beautiful hike, pet friendly, all uphill you start but levels out.

First part of the trail was very fun but the second half was just walking on wide forest road. Anyway the trail nature is very beautiful, during midweek is almost empty.

nice quick hike, close to portland. Wished I had seen more views of the city.

I didn't meet up with Leif Erikson but this was the closest thing I can find on the app. I took Fire Road 15 out and did a lollipop Circle - 12 to BPA to Wildwood back to 15. . Took1 hour 50 minutes, and I consider myself pretty slow (I was wearing a medium-weight backpack for training).

Everything is super well-marked so you are not at risk of accidentally turning down the wrong way. Very quiet, saw maybe 10 people total, a few with dogs, a few trail runners.

15 is basically going downhill very gradually except for a couple steep spots. When it meets number 12 it is at the lowest point, and from their number 12 goes up up up until the BPA. BPA is basically a Powerline Road, so in extreme weather or you will either get sunburned or you will get rained on so be prepared. From there Wildwood Trail is quite lovely with just small rolling hills, so it's a quick mile there back to 15 with a few well made sturdy bridges. 15 from is there an uphill on the way home so you get a burst of cardio on your way out.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

A lot of this route is fire roads, not the greatest hiking, though they did seem popular with MTB riders. The sections of hiking trails were great, though.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Once you got away from highway 30, it was a beautiful hike next to the stream. A little muddy in march, but the stream was pretty full. Not too steep, nice incline.

Well used trail, easily marked. Perfect hike for under 2 hours.

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Leif is double wide trail, it narrows to single track once on wildwood. On a mid day Saturday, we saw maybe 10 other hikers /runners. Due to the recent snow/rains, trails had some muddy spots (but what's a hike without getting some mud on your boots!

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