Forest Park North

Burlington, Oregon

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With more than 5000 acres of gently forested hills separated by lush ravines, Portland’s Forest Park ranks as one of the largest natural areas within a major city, granting metro dwellers access to 70 miles of trails and old fire roads (see “Seeing the Forest Park for the Trees” in the Portland Metro section). The park is a pretty safe place visited by scads of good folks, though views are practically nonexistent and it’s safe to say that the landscape isn’t very dramatic. This hike in the northern reaches of the park is just as popular with hikers and trail runners as the southern, more accessible areas, but some stretches are more lonely, offering a reprieve from the masses. Chances are good, too, of spotting some of Forest Park’s wilder denizens.

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"With more than 5000 acres of gently forested hills separated by lush ravines, Portland’s Forest Park ranks as one of the largest natural areas within a major city, granting metro dwellers access to 70 miles of trails and old fire roads (see “Seeing the Forest Park for the Trees” in the Portland Metro section). The park is a pretty safe place visited by scads of good folks, though views are practically nonexistent and it’s safe to say that the landscape isn’t very dramatic. This hike in the northern reaches of the park is just as popular with hikers and trail runners as the southern, more accessible areas, but some stretches are more lonely, offering a reprieve from the masses. Chances are good, too, of spotting some of Forest Park’s wilder denizens."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Burlington
Distance: 8.1
Elevation Gain: 465 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Forest Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Forest Park No. 426S

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