Leif Erikson Drive

OutAndBack • 12 mi • 410 ft

Nonmotorized multi-use gravel-dirt road with distance markers that winds through 5,000-acre Forest Park in Portland. Occasional views. This civilized multi-use trail is an easy cruise on a multi-use gravel road that takes you through the heart of Forest Park’s 5,000-acre urban sanctuary. You can keep track of your mileage by handy mileage markers that are strategically placed on the right side of the road every quarter mile. Most likely you’ll encounter blazing mountain bikers doing laps on this stretch. Stay on the right side of the trail and keep an ear out for passing warnings. Water is available at the start of this route.
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Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Portland
Length: 12 total miles
Elevation Gain: 410 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 2 to 4 hours depending on length selected
Season: Year-round
Other Uses: Hikers, mountain bikers (on Leif Erikson Drive), leashed dogs permitted
Local Contacts: Portland Parks & Recreation
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Linnton, Portland
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I started the Leif Erikson fromt the NW 23rd area of Portland. It was snowing that day and yet several people were still out. Parking was hard to find, people were parking a half mile down the road. The start of my run started on a slush covered gravel road. Running was kind of slow, but the view was incredible. The forest is so green here. Heavy slush/snow was covering everything. Approx 0.8 miles up the road I turned onto Dogwood trail and then approx .75 miles up the road turned onto Wildwood. Unbelievable! Snow everywhere. Lot's of fun. I even saw 60ft tree fall about 40 feet from where I was. One of those once in a life time runs. Felt very surreal. Almost like something from JRR Tolkien or CS Lewis. The only reason it didn't get five stars from me was the slip factor! Have fun.

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