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Northwest Leif Erikson Drive

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Forest Park

Northwest Leif Erikson Drive is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Portland, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 688 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

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rocky
1 month ago

2 hrs of fun on the Bikes. gotten a little muddy, but oh well. really nice wide size trail lots of people up there in the morning 9:30 am, parking was a little scarce.

hiking
4 months ago

Had a great hike through here! Definitely kid friendly with a wide easy to navigate trail. Friendly/Moderate enough even to Back-Carry my 2 year old quite a ways! A little muddy with some decent sized puddles on the sides, lots of bikers, trail runners and dog walkers.

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Sun May 19 2019

Nothing too hard, few bumps and muddy after a rain. Just have to watch for hikers if you are biking. Nice forest ride, if it's a hot day you can expect it nice and cool under the trees

hiking
Thu Apr 25 2019

Great wide trail for kids, dogs, running or biking . Parking situation is easer at Germantown trailhead.

mountain biking
Fri Aug 10 2018

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.

Wed Jul 04 2018

Beautiful ride through the forest on mostly gravel roads. A couple of steep (short) sections. Overall nice ride close to the city.

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