Leif Erikson Drive

Portland, Oregon

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When it was constructed, Leif Erikson Drive was supposed to be the main artery that would connect Northwest Portland to a yet-to-be-constructed development of stately homes along the Tualatin Mountains. The combination of a massive landslide and a slumping economy prevented any further development. Investors defaulted, and the land fell back into the city’s lap. That entire stretch of land is now Forest Park. And the road that was supposed to lead to high- end real estate now carves an easy path that winds its way from Northwest Portland to Germantown Road in the heart of the park.
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

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Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

When it was constructed, Leif Erikson Drive was supposed to be the main artery that would connect Northwest Portland to a yet-to-be-constructed development of stately homes along the Tualatin Mountains.

The combination of a massive landslide and a slumping economy prevented any further development. Investors defaulted, and the land fell back into the city’s lap. That entire stretch of land is now Forest Park. And the road that was supposed to lead to high- end real estate now carves an easy path that winds its way from Northwest Portland to Germantown Road in the heart of the park.

© 2016 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 21.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Terrain: Wide gravel road
Duration: 1-3 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 106 D4
Driving Directions: Directions to Leif Erikson Drive

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