North Wildwood Trail

Portland, Oregon

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Without a doubt, Forest Park’s Wildwood Trail is the preeminent hiking path in the city of Portland. It is the most well-known trail in the most well-known park in town. If you hike in Portland, you’ve been on this trail—and more than likely run into several fellow outdoor lovers in the process. But remember, the Wildwood Trail stretches the length of Forest Park, the largest forested municipal park in the country. That’s just over 30 miles of potential hiking that can be done on the Wildwood alone. So have you been to the end? Not where the trail “begins” in Washington Park but where it ends, off US 30 in Linnton. There are a few good reasons to visit this area of the park. For starters it’s far less crowded. Also, and perhaps even more important, this section of the Wildwood features only native flora. There are no invasive species (e.g., English ivy) to be found along this segment of the trail. Combine these factors and you also get the happy by-product of more wildlife. An easy 3.4-mile out-and-back hike from the end of the Wildwood Trail is a great introduction to Forest Park’s wilder side.
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

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Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Without a doubt, Forest Park’s Wildwood Trail is the preeminent hiking path in the
city of Portland. It is the most well-known trail in the most well-known park in
town. If you hike in Portland, you’ve been on this trail—and more than likely run into several fellow outdoor lovers in the process. But remember, the Wildwood Trail stretches the length of Forest Park, the largest forested municipal park in the country. That’s just over 30 miles of potential hiking that can be done on the Wildwood alone. So have you been to the end? Not where the trail “begins” in Washington Park but where it ends, off US 30 in Linnton.

There are a few good reasons to visit this area of the park. For starters it’s far less crowded. Also, and perhaps even more important, this section of the Wildwood features only native flora. There are no invasive species (e.g., English ivy) to be found along this segment of the trail. Combine these factors and you also get the happy by-product of more wildlife. An easy 3.4-mile out-and-back hike from the end of the Wildwood Trail is a great introduction to Forest Park’s wilder side.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: City of Portland, Parks & Recreation, (503) 823-6007; portlandoregon.gov/parks/
Local Maps: Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 106 B2
Driving Directions: Directions to North Wildwood Trail

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