Forest Park North

Burlington, Oregon 97231

Forest Park North

Forest Park North Professional Guide

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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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Biking Portland (The Mountaineers Books)
Owen Wozniak
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"Forest Park is a favorite among local riders—especially the fitness types, who appreciate the hills, winding roads, and lack of stoplights. The experts test their mettle on long circumnavigations, linking US Highway 30 to NW Skyline Boulevard via steep and busy roads: Germantown, Newberry, McNamee, Cornelius Pass, Logie Trail." Read more
Walking Portland (Wilderness Press)
Becky Ohlsen
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"It would be crazy not to recommend a walk in Forest Park, the largest and one of the richest urban parks in the country. It’s essentially a huge wilderness right in Portland’s backyard: some 5,000 acres of untouched forest laced with well-maintained trails of all lengths and levels. And many of its entry points are, like this trek to the historic Pittock Mansion, incredibly easy to get to from the city. It sounds cliché, but it’s true: within minutes you can feel like you’re miles away from anything resembling pavement, trekking through deep dark woods with sunlight filtering through a canopy of trees. (Or, perhaps more realistic, a faint mist hanging in the gray air—but even bad weather looks pretty in the woods.) This hike’s accessibility makes it a popular choice, so it can get a little busy on weekends; go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid any crowds. But even on a crowded day, it’s well worth sharing the trail to reach those incredible views at the top." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
465 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Forest Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails Forest Park No. 426S
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Dec 2018