Balch Creek & Wildwood Trail Loop

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Balch Creek & Wildwood Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from March until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

river

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty in spring. Follows a creek for the first section. It was pretty crowded in the late afternoon, but it was nice to see people out having fun. There are multiple trails that connect with this one, so you can extend your trip if you want. Interesting little building part way in that you can explore.

4 months ago

Great stroll in the forest, and located right in the city. There is a creek running through part of it and an old mossy stone building to check out.

trail running
4 months ago

1st run in a couple years... defiantly a challenge little slick on the back but well worth it..

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

My husband and I were visiting from out of town and really enjoyed this trail. It was beautiful and appropriately challenging.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's quite muddy right now. We took the loop counter-clockwise and were very happy we did. Holman way is extremely muddy, and a pretty significant incline, so it would've been tougher going down it. Also lower Maclay trail is posted closed for a landslide, but many, MANY people were ignoring the old blockade, so we did too. It was the least treacherous part of the hike, turns out. About 3 points on Wildwood portion of the loop required bushwhacking. Plenty of trillium in bloom.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great hike especially with kids.

backpacking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Long, challenging in some places, absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

11-27-15. Only giving 1 stars. This place had everything I dislike in over traveled trails, many many people, dogs and dogs off leash (not everyone like your dog like you do) the trail was more like a dirt road it was so overused, I thought for sure we would round a corner and see a Starbucks. Oh yeah... decided to take a side trail and ran across a cardboard/fern bum house. The only reason this got 1 star was no option for 0. Also broken car glass in parking lot, luckily not ours. I'll post a photo of the stone house ( with the graffiti ).

hiking
Friday, May 08, 2015

Great trail. Nice and easy for the whole family. The trail was a bit crowded and we had to walk single file. Parking was impossible and finding the trail head was a bit tricky but that could have been an error on my GPS. The old building was horribly vandalized and unkempt.

hiking
Monday, July 29, 2013

Nice trail inside the city, but just too many people.

hiking
Thursday, October 11, 2012

The fact that this trail is within a major metropolitan city is pretty unbelievable, considering there is old growth nestled within this canyon. However, as a hike, it's a little too crowded for my liking. Dogs must be on leash or you will be fined if caught. If you have some small children or feel like getting out, yet not driving too far, then this is the hike for you. It is beautiful, don't get me wrong. The stone house is eerie and lovely. It's just that when I hike, I like to be relatively alone.

hiking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fairly busy trail, but still very enjoyable. To make the loop you have to go through a neighborhood which made the hike interesting.

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