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Waterline Trail is a 3.3 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 843 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

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Wild flowers

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David Herron
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RunningMuddy

Pretty good workout! Nothing too spectacular as far as sights go. But plenty of natural beauty throughout!

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Zachary Marshall
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Muddy
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Chelsey Heidenreich
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HikingMuddy
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PhLo M
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HikingMuddy

Extremely steep and muddy. If you enjoy those kind of challenges, it's fun. I generally enjoyed the workout. Way easier coming down obviously... unless you have knee or balance troubles.

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Addie Lutzo
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Aimee Alexander-Shea
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HikingMuddy

nice trail. a little muddy in some areas. I got off trail at one point and didn't know it. oops.

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Jenessa Gayheart
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KRISTEN MIKULSKI
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Hiking

Great trail, we hike up to SkyTav often and appreciate “earning our pint” on the way there. Perfect if you’re looking to get outside but don’t want to leave the city. Forest Park is beautiful!

Mariah Blase
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HikingMuddy

Love this trail because it’s a good amount of uphill so it’s a decent workout. However, this time of year it is very muddy, which makes coming down quite challenging. Otherwise it’s one of my favorites in forest park!

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Jay C.
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Philippe HAeghebaert
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Hiking

Nothing too special. A nice trail close to the city. Moderately steep uphill but nothing impossible. It was muddy after a week of rain so downhill was fairly slippery. I enjoyed the walk.

India K
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Staci Lanter
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Hiking

Clear and good. Nice incline/decline. Really pretty trail for fall. You take the tolinda trail until you hit a road and then get on the waterline trail.

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Melissa Tomecek
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Kc Lau
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HikingBugs

Good for training to get uphill..

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Holly T
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Hiking

Not much to it. It’s an easy to moderate hike. It wasn’t super crowded, but it was fairly busy. It’s a nice hike in the city if you can’t get out to the mountains.

Nicky Wallace
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Hiking

Great hike! My only note is that the trail actually starts at Tolinda Trailhead in Germantown and connects to Waterline deeper into Forest Park. Because this isn’t specified in the listing it could be confusing to some. As a new hiker this trail was perfectly challenging. It does get steep but not alarmingly so. The trail was dry and hard packed, and the scenery is beautiful. Skyline Tavern at the end is a plus. It’s a quaint saloon-style bar with beautiful views and fire pits. I would recommend both the hike and the tavern.

Amy raisanen
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Walked with a friend, my 2 boys (7 and 12) and our pup. Muddy AF and a good hike up from Germantown to Skyline Tavern. Slipped going back down to Germantown at least 5 times. Will be investing in better shoes. Great workout and test of strength and stability.

Amelia Carry
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Hiking

This was my first hike after moving here (and being horribly out of shape). It gets steep at times but overall very doable. And at the end of the trail is the Skyline Tav for a beer and lunch— win win! Didn’t see many people on the trail even though it was the weekend.

Jack Burnett
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Go all the way thru at the top and enjoy a beer at skyline tavern. There is a great outdoor area with horseshoes and dog friendly. Generally somewhat steep, but manageable for most, and a great reward at the top! Highly recommend.

Sebastian Kirchoff
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Hiking

Great moderate hike, and the Skyline Tavern is at the end for refilling water bottles and a beer. Pretty well traveled, some signs of homeless camps off the rabbit trails but not overly so.

Wendy Hendren
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Hiking

Ground (in some patches) somewhat soft from previous rain. But you can’t beat 73’ and sunny!

Norm Chistopherson
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muddy and steep. that is all.

Kenneth Lund
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Hiking

This was a nice hike. it was about 45 degrees and drizzling so I pretty much had the trail to myself. the first mile or so is where the elevation is steepest. When you get to the top there is a long old logging or maintenance road that can lengthen your walk. that is wide and more or less flat. You can get down to the St. Johns bridge on the Willamette from here as well. my guess is from the very small parking area at the trailhead to the bridge and back is maybe 5 or 6 miles.

Kim Joy
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Includes 2 trails: Tolinda trail, which starts at Germantown, and then it connects to Waterline trail which goes to the top -- and Skyline tavern. Nice elevation gain, not too bad except it was muddy, however, it's November so that's expected!

Sam Knutson
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Hiking

Great hike to do in the fall

Kelsey Askew
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Loved that you could hike right up to Skyline Tavern!

Patrick Klein
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Walking

Muddy, but it's to be expected after the awesome PNW winter this year.

Jared Mitchell
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Hiking

This hike was quick and easy, but definitely a workout from start to finish. It was pretty peaceful and there was hardly anyone on the trail; which was nice. If you are looking for a short hike near St. John's, I would recommend this one, but expect to be a little sore afterwards if you haven't hiked in awhile.

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