Skyline Cruise Loop Trail

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Linnton Park

Skyline Cruise Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 501 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

road biking

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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Two cars needed or a walk along skyline back to car. Nice workout walking up Firelane 15.

4 days ago

Large parts of the loop have wide paths. Well traveled trail. Occasional muddy area but clean for the most part. A relatively easy "moderate" trail.

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5 days ago

it was a good experience, trail with the beautiful nature and we ended up with amazing river view

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6 days ago

Love this trail, especially on a rainy Portland afternoon!

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16 days ago

Map it to the intersection of Skyline & Skyview. This is a neighborhood entrance. On the other side of Skyline, just slightly further, you will see the green fence at the trailhead. Park on the side of the road there, you will see. it’s easy to pull off! Muddy hike, if you have waterproof shoes I would recommend them. Easy loop to navigate with signs posted at junctions. Very few hills, slightly steep ones though, overall it’s really easy.

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18 days ago

Steep uphill! sunny spots!

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1 month ago

Most of the trail has a very wide and even surface. Even if there were a fair number of people out, the wide path allowed social distancing and then some. Parking is minimal. There is enough space along the shoulder of Skyline Boulevard to allow 3 or 4 cars just southeast of the pull-off for the trailhead. The pull-off serves as entry to a small neighborhood driveway before reaching the gate to BPA Road to start the hike, so it's best not to block that area. There were several trail sections with mud, but not too deep or sloshy. Stones protrude out of the ground as the trail descends counter-clockwise. These can be slightly uncomfortable on the feet, but that was probably my tired feet complaining after a 12.5 mile hike prior to starting this one. For such a short loop route there are a few pleasant changes in scenery and elevation gain for exercise.

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2 months ago

Nice loop. A bit of intense uphill but mostly moderate. I took my dog here looking for a less crowded hike and this fit the bill though somehow I ended up doing the loop “backwards” so I had to pass everyone else on the trail, which was not as ideal during social distancing. Encountered a few off leash dogs but most were under their owners control. Oblivious owners with off leash dogs they don’t have voice control over is a pet peeve even though my dog is friendly.

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4 months ago

Steep enough that it’s real slippery when muddy, not a running shoe type of hike, but beautiful and not many other people on path. Super dog friendly. Good incline in some areas but otherwise easy!

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4 months ago

One solid incline that had me winded but the rest was easy. Nice hike.

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4 months ago

Great little loop! The middle section is the steepest, but nothing too crazy. Well-marked. Great afternoon activity!

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5 months ago

lovely trail, end of December and mud only got in the way a little bit

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6 months ago

Great little hike. 4-8ft wide trails largely throughout that are well-kept and well-trodden. The bit on the Wildwood trail is the most windy and thin. Beautiful view of Mt. St. Helen at the beginning of the trail on the BPA path.

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6 months ago

This trail is perfect if you’re looking for different types of terrain. Pay attention to your maps as the loop has sharp turns. Also.. I suggest doing this trail with a partner or a group. It is very deserted. I saw one person the entire hike. During the fall this hike is beautiful but I’m sure it’s even prettier during the spring as I saw dried up wildflower fields.

Every Forest Park trail is a walk through a rain forest wonderland and this trail is no exception

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8 months ago

Beautilful trail and great exercise. Perfect after work hike .

trail is difficult to follow...I had to circle back a couple times...be sure to familiarize the path names which are mostly fire roads

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9 months ago

Ok so this hike was super amazing up until I completely went the wrong way but too far to go back so walked the road a little to get back to my car. I'd recommend checking the map to make sure you're following it correctly. I'll come back and try not to get lost next time!

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11 months ago

Beautiful and well maintained path. Plenty of shade once you reach the loop. Parking area is small so you may need to squeeze your vehicle into a space.

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11 months ago

This was a very fun loop, lots of wildflowers and wildlife. Pay attention to the trail markers though, as we did get a little off course.

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