Explore the most popular nature trips 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
19 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.

hiking
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!

mountain biking
2 months ago

The headlands for all downtown Portland mountain biking excursions (gravel grinders welcome too).

Drive/shuttle up and approach it from Skyline Blvd where there’s ample parking, or just start on your Surly at the waterfront and ride Thurman *all* the way up for 10 miles of well-compacted graveled glory.

Lief Erickson is basically an extension of NW Thurman St. and you can ride it all the way up or down through its beforested wonder; that is, with at least 10 good options for serious downhill side-excursions along the way.

Start at the top and bomb down through the quiet woods or start in the Pearl and ride all the way up. Actually do both: ride up 10miles through the beautiful forest, hit up the utterly amazing and “local-secret” Skyline Tavern for a pint of Boneyard. Or three. Then head back down, but this time take one of many fire lanes and choose your own adventure as to downhill glory.

Alternatively, fly your gravel grinder back down averaging 30mph and—towards the bottom—come out of a corner so fast that you pull a 20ft front-wheelie.

Everyone will say “whoa... cool!” And they’ll have no clue (none) that you were just braking as hard as you could to avoid hitting hikers with baby strollers while flying insanely fast through an amazing forest. Totally didn’t happen. Last month. Wasn’t the fault of Boneyard RPM, Skyline Tavern, and sheer happiness. Nope.

Anyway, if you like bikes and Portland and haven’t done this ride... you’re a tourist.

2 months ago

Great views. Downhill gravel is a bit rough but only a small part of the hike.

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.

Great for trail running! I run here almost daily. Perfect amount of incline and plenty of shade/ cover from rain or sun. Love it.

hiking
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.

This was actually a REALLY great trail for someone trying to get back into hiking again! The whole first leg of Ridge Trail is a steady/decent incline. Then, when you come to the cross road, you can go left to continue and uphill trek on Ridge Trail, or go right and give your calves a break on the nice, smooth path between Ridge and Hardesty (a chunk of Northwest Leif Erikson Drive) that you share with runners, leisurely walkers and bikers. When you reach the trail marker for Hardesty, it’s all incline again until you meet up with Northwest Firelane 7 Road, which is another nice stroll before you turn back on to Ridge Trail and start your decline!

I initially thought “Dang, I must have chosen the harder direction to go!” when I turned right and did Hardesty first, but after finishing the decline back to the cross road and closing the loop, decided the difficulty level is pretty similar, and the right turn might actually be better if you’re just starting out, because you get that short break on Leif Erikson.

All together, a nice, woodsy trail in the middle of the city, a beautiful view of the St. John’s Bridge, and it looked like I was just coming in on the tail end of some beautiful wild flowers! I uploaded photos of the directions I took at each junction that kept me on the loop, because it was a little confusing, and I did have to back track a couple of times when I made the wrong turn. Thank goodness for the All Trails App and it’s glorious tracking capabilities! =D

My only negatives are the road traffic noise for the first leg of Ridge Trail (hey, city life) and the fact that it would probably be a little sketchy if it were wet/muddy. A lot of Ridge Trail is compact, super fine dirt, which I could see being REALLY slippery when it rains. Also, wear bug spray. =)

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.

trail running
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.

hiking
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

walking
4 months ago

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

beautiful hike, trail is well maintained.

hiking
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.

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