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Forest Park Ridge Trail is a 3 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 862 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

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.

No facilities. Parking is limited but less used than other trailheads.

Park at Springville Road Trailhead (off Skyline Blvd). Head east past the gate. Veer right on Firelane 7. Turn left on Ridge Trail. Cross Wildwood Trail and Leif Erickson Drive (jog left--there are signs). Optional to go all the way to the St. John's Bridge Rd. We turned around at the viewpoint. And then back up the way you came.

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Eric T
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HikingGreat!

Good little hike with views of st. john's bridge. good for the family and dogs

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Jeremy Rock
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Adrianna Audoma
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Went out on a Wednesday, late afternoon. Plenty of parking and not many out on the trail. Due to Covid it’s a one-way loop

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Castine Friberg
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HikingGreat!

This trail was lovely! Parking is a little difficult to find as the trail head starts on the side of a main road. Once you start hiking, the trail is covered in gorgeous English Ivy, tall pine trees and plentiful ferns. I suggest hiking about an hour before sunset so you can catch the bridge at sunset from the viewpoint. Breathtaking!!

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Chad Nasr
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Emily Townsend
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Very few others on the trail on a weekday afternoon. Beautiful, lots of uphill, definitely moderate not easy. Many parts of the trail are marked one-way due to covid. Might park on the east side of the SJ bridge next time and walk, parking area is sketchy.

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India K
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Manny Coria
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I would not recommend coming alone, the entrance is a bit sketchy as you have to walk by the highway and the parking area had a lot of shattered glass. Would not leave anything visible in your car. Other than that once you get deep in the trail the highway noise goes away and the hike is very enjoyable.

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ricci lim
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Started off hwy 30 near the St. John’s bridge around. Took the last parking spot off the road (room for 7-8 cars). No other parking nearby. From the little lot, we walked on the street. There was about 20 feet of mud on the sidewalk where we had to walk in the street to avoid it. Then the stairs. Not bad, but the last set up are more narrow. Trail is a little overgrown but not terrible. Single file. There’s a log that you have to hop over but the rest of the trail is fine. There’s a nice view of the St. John’s bridge. Lots of bugs today.

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Niako Yip
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Quinn Mchugh
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HikingMuddy

It was a nice trail but the entire way down is downhill and muddy, which wasn’t the best. We got “lost” the first time by following the “getting there” section on here about crossing wildwood... just follow the signs and stay on ridge trail the entire way.

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Stephen Kehner
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Hiked a clockwise loop following Ridge>Wildwood>Firelane 7>Springview>Waterline>Leif Ericsson>Ridge. The first mile on Ridge is a moderate ascent. Light to heavy mud in parts due to previous day’s rainfall. Total was about 6.5 miles, took less than 3 hours. Beautiful day on the trail!

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Brittany Brown
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Jeannie Buss
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HikingMuddy

Enjoyed this trial very much. Was muddy as expected but not too bad. Worst part was coming back up but overall was great. Would do over and over

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Mikennah Schwing
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Ted Natividad
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Brigette Rudisel
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Niladri Das Choudhury
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Andrew Neils
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Pete Johnson
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Richelle Sandoval
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Jenna H
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Pretty steep hike muddy this time over year still fun though

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Jenessa Gayheart
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I’m in my 40s and in retail, and I tried this trail with someone in better shape two weeks ago, but couldn’t keep the pace. Alone today, I used Runkeeper and ended up taking an average 30 minute/mile pace all the way to Fire Lane 7. I stopped four times to snack and drink. I laughed when I saw this site considers it a “medium” trail. I am not regretting the hike, and intend to do it again in two weeks to see how it goes.

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AJ Guedouar
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It’s a great trail, not too rigorous and clearly marked. The best views are from the bottom however, as the woods thicken as you climb. The end of the trail is a bit abrupt, but does meet up with others. Some beautiful and tall evergreens to look forward to!

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Benny P
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Forest Park is a beautiful everywhere. This hike features a beautiful view of the St John's bridge in the first 5 minutes but would otherwise not recommend. Logistically, its a pain in the arse as you have to walk up along a busy road, then climb stairs to the trailhead. Since its far enough from downtown, there a few tent cities up there and wouldn't recommend hiking this alone. Plenty of other great hikes in Forest Park that don't require mace.

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Holly Mowery
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Nice easy weekend trail when you don't want to leave the city limits. For a beautiful fall Sunday, was fairly isolated. Incline was no issue and path was dry. Nice view of St. Johns and no matter what, I am always happy in a forest. With that said, as a new member to Portland city, I am freaking tired of people leaving behind trash and bags of dog waste. Take it out! I seem to manage just fine hauling my waste out, why destroy something over pure laziness?

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Veronica L.
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Beautiful everything

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