Waterline Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews
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Waterline Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 843 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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22 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

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.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

muddy and steep. that is all.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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!

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

Great hike to do in the fall

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Loved that you could hike right up to Skyline Tavern!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

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Friday, September 16, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Good, quick, in-town conditioning hike, albeit short. Travels steeply at times from near the base of Germantown Rd up to Skyline road. Turn onto the Wildwood trail to lengthen your outing.

steep uphill in parts. Good hike. Beautiful scenery. Not much parking. Carpool if possible.

hiking
Sunday, December 27, 2015

This was a really good trail with steep elevation gains in the beginning (from Germantown Rd entrance). The trail was a bit soggy in certain parts of Wildwood Trail. The final stretch along the road is a bit tricky. Make sure to wear bright colors so when you're walking back up Germantown Rd you're highly visible to traffic.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Waterline Trail is a typical Forest Park trail, meaning it's quite nice. Hard packed, decent elevation gain, loads of ferns and Oregon grape along the trails, and a heavy canopy of tall Douglas firs and other trees. Not very crowded. A bonus at the top / south end of the trail is an open meadow for picnics and Skyline Tavern, a local watering hole favorite, complete with horseshoes and a view of the Tualatin Valley. (Technically Tolinda and Waterline are separate trails, although they make a nice straight path together.)

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