Wildwood - Wild Cherry Loop

Portland, Oregon

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This fun singletrack trail begins by paralleling Balch Creek and then travels through a shady big-leaf maple and Douglas fir canopy in Forest Park. Bridge crossings. Start running upstream along the scenic Balch Creek in a dark forested canyon. Most likely you’ll be sharing this attractive trail with hikers and their dogs. Hang a right at an old stone house and begin traversing the eastern Tualatin Mountain range. The crowds soon thin and the rolling elevation revs your cardio system. The trail winds along the ridges and drainages of the steep hillsides while building in altitude. Mud bogs can form in places during the wet season. After a couple miles of this enchanting trail, turn right to descend onto the popular Leif Erikson multi-use trail. This return route leads you through a historic neighborhood along paved Northwest Thurman Street for about a mile to your starting point. Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead.
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Trail Running Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

This fun singletrack trail begins by paralleling Balch Creek and then travels through a shady big-leaf maple and Douglas fir canopy in Forest Park. Bridge crossings. Start running upstream along the scenic Balch Creek in a dark forested canyon. Most likely you’ll be sharing this attractive trail with hikers and their dogs.

Hang a right at an old stone house and begin traversing the eastern Tualatin Mountain range. The crowds soon thin and the rolling elevation revs your cardio system. The trail winds along the ridges and drainages of the steep hillsides while building in altitude. Mud bogs can form in places during the wet season. After a couple miles of this enchanting trail, turn right to descend onto the popular Leif Erikson multi-use trail. This return route leads you through a historic neighborhood along paved Northwest Thurman Street for about a mile to your starting point. Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 570 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Portland Parks & Recreation
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Portland
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildwood - Wild Cherry Loop

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May 2018