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Forest Park Ridge Trail

MODERATE 92 reviews
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Forest Park Ridge Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Portland, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
862 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


Down, down, down. See the beautiful view of the St. John's Bridge. Then up, up, up to the car. Trail is tough, hard clay, so not muddy in rain, but can be a little slippery.

over grown
12 days ago

this is a short trail that straight down to highway 30 and back. Good quick exercise.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Parked at Cathedral Park and walked across the bridge to get to the trail walking up 1st and then down. Not really much in the way of views except for near the bottom, it's mostly forest. Nice easy hike to get to from St Johns, also intersects with Leif Erickson and a couple of the firelanes if you wanted to make it a longer hike.

4 months ago

Steep and muddy with great views of the bridge and peaceful solitude once you get away from the road.

4 months ago

Great views of St. John!

5 months ago

Not bad, but not my favorite city hike.

9 months ago

Kicked my a** lol

10 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.

11 months ago

You can cross the St. Johns on foot bridge to pick up the Ridge Trail, and meet up with the Leif Erikson trail which goes all the way into NW Portland. My favorite urban hike, by far!

Monday, May 21, 2018

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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!

Saturday, March 03, 2018

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

trail running
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

supper muddy and slick but I like it dirty

Friday, December 08, 2017

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!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Stunning. Can't believe it's within the city limits.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Very beautiful and fun in the mud

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great trail with good elevation change. Be prepared to get a little muddy if it's rained recently as parts of the trail are soft.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This was amazing! Went on 1/28/2017....Best way is the start on the bottom of Ridge Trail at the St.John Bridge and hike all the way up and coast down! It's was hard going up but well worth it.. Going down was a blast. Haha

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We made the mistake (kind of) of using Google to find the trailhead of Ridge Trail. It took us to the entrance via NW Bridge Avenue which is actually the bottom of the trail, so 5 minutes in, we already reached the beautiful lookout point over St. John's Bridge. There was no satisfaction in that though so we decided to hike all the way up and back down, just to see what Forest Park is all about. This place is HUGE! No wonder they named it Forest Park. Fun fact - it's also one of the biggest, if not...THE biggest metropolitan park in the United States. The other reviewers are right, even on a sunny day, it can still be really muddy at certain parts, especially if it rained earlier in the week. We hiked a week after the ice storm, so there were certain parts in the trail where we had to climb over some trees that fell over. There's not really much else to see on the rest of the trail. No other jaw-dropping lookout points from what I know, unless you head all the way to the other side where the Pittock Mansion is. I saw several joggers along the way (on Christmas Day, surprisingly!) and the park is inside of Portland, which makes for a great choice if you're looking for something quick and nearby. What I did appreciate is how well-marked the trails are. However, I wouldn't recommend Ridge Trail if you're looking for a hike where you can picnic by a scenic viewpoint, which is what I like to do. The lookout point of the St. John's Bridge is not very spacious. But if you're looking for something quick, this'll work for you. And if you don't even want to get the exercise in, then park at the bottom so you don't have to hike down.

Friday, September 23, 2016

This was a fun and easy journey down this trail, perfect for the fall time. There wasn't any traffic on the way down and there maybe a group or two on my way up. The view was definitely worth it once you get down to the viewing platform and great exercise going back to the beginning of the trailhead. I would recommend this if you live or headed to St. John's; especially with all the colors changing in the forest.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

It is basically another " connection" to the Wildwood Trail. Parking lot is not exactly where AllTrails will lead you but roughly 300 yards before the bridge. Good workout hill.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Just challenging enough for an occasional hiker like me. Loved the view of the St. John's Bridge near the bottom, close to the bridge. (We missed the lookout point at first. When you're near the river, facing it, the trail comes a T. Go right until you come to a small platform.)

Friday, June 03, 2016

Great trail for a quick hike in the city.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Loved this hike. The forest smells so good in the rain. We hiked all the way down to the viewpoint of the St.John's Bridge and back up. We started at the Springville Rd Trailhead and turned around at the viewpoint. I think you can go all the way to the St. John's Bridge, but we had a dog with us so we didn't want to get out on the road. Not sure what the connection looks like down there.

7 days ago

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