Forest Park (North of Germantown Road) - Trail, Portland, Oregon

Forest Park (North of Germantown Road) - Trail, Portland, Oregon

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[Oct 01, 2013]
pdxmark
Cross Country Rider

Advanced: This is a fast downhill that is just over 2.8ml. Some sharp switchbacks you come into quickly and have to use the breaks or fly off the side of the hill. There is one chute that turns right, slightly banking up a hill and then going over a small bridge. From there on to firelane1, better have good breaks and a good sense of balance and control, the lower half of FL1is tight single track that is winedy with some fast drops and ugly erosion carving ruts across the trail, you'll need to pull up for these. All in all, it fun to hit, but you'll most likely only do one run as getting back up to the top is harsh, better have a friendly shuttle.

Customer Service

Climb Wild Cherry Trail to Rd.53. Take Rd.53 to Wildwood Trail Head. Walk bike .15ml to Dogwood and get on bike. Take Dogwood to Leif Ericson, follow LE north to Firelane1. Follow firelane1 to Yeon Ave.

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Stay off the hiking trails with your bike, unless you actually volunteered hours to build the trails.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Dec 08, 2012]
germantown resident
Weekend Warrior

Please stop from advertising Germantown Rd. as a good cycling route. Today there was a cyclist/car collision of a resident pulling out of a double blind drive. The cyclist was not wearing lights, was dressed in dark clothing and was going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. They were IMPOSSIBLE to see. Luckily the cyclist was not badly injured, even though they flew over the hood of the car.

The thrill of riding down Germantown might be exciting, but you are putting yourself and others at a lot of risk.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 13, 2010]
velodevi
Cross Country Rider

The main review says Forest Park has trails for "all levels of riders". That is only true if you poach the running/hiking trails at night, otherwise it is several long boring miles of mud & gravel fireroad with a couple miles of "legal" singletrack here and there. With the exception of some steep climbs or the one semi-technical section (about 1000 yards long) of Firelane 5, anyone can ride this trail. It's easy cross country riding in a desperate climate (in other words, one where no good single track exists).

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Is you want more technical/ interesting singletrack riding, check out Scappoose, just a few miles drive to the West on Highway 30.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 22, 2009]
Spanky59
Cross Country Rider

O.K. I've been living here for almost 9 years and thought I had ridden every trail and route in Forest Park and this loop was probably not the smartest way to go. I parked at the Germantown P/L @ Lief Erikson gate. Rode back up to Skyline Blvd. took a right turn and went to the Firelane 15 trailhead. It was a nice road-ride warm-up. Hit 15, it's a nice ride with a little up and down, Connected to FL-12, it was pretty much nothing but downhill, FUN!,semi-intense downhill! When I got to the bottom there were 3 guys starting up the opposite way, all I could think was "they got their work cut out for them", only did I know, I had mine cut out for me. Rode hwy 30 to Newton gate UP,UP to FL 10, UP,UP back to Germantown. I'm sure I walked 1/3 to 1/2 of it, still getting quite a work out. I know I will never do that again. I've been the other direction on FL 10 and Newton rd, riding hwy 30 to Thurman gate over Lief Erikson, that's a great ride.

Customer Service

Next time I'll park @ Germantown gate, road ride to FL-15 gate, 15 to 12, road ride Hwy 30, staying right to NW St. Helens rd and zig zaging over to NW.Thurman St. to Thurman gate across Lief Erikson back to Germantown parking lot. It's a little more road riding than I like to do but at least it will be all in the saddle.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 12, 2007]
willymcd
Cross Country Rider

Brutal uphills! semi rewarding downhills, overall not a bad ride if you are looking for a good work out and don't mind hiking for a good mile, 30-45 minutes up the BPA road.

Customer Service

You can make this into a loop!!

Start off on firelane #10, it is the second gate on the other side of german town road after you park.
fallow that down then back up Newton road, make sure to keep an eye for obstacles or cranking turns, because you can get going pretty fast. towards the bottom of newton the trail turns into a tight single track.
once you see the highway you have to go up the dreaded BPA road, you are a hero if you can make it up this!
If you are not be prepared to hike your bike for a good 30-45 min. at the top continue on the BPA road to Fireroad #12, go on fireroad #12 and then take a left on fireroad #15. There are some fun downhills on these fireroads #12 and #15! so I don't recommend skipping them. Fallow Fire #15 to Skyline BLVD, take a left on the road and continue to springville road (the one that takes you to fireroad #7, which goes to leif erikson). alternatively you could go down firelane #10, but then you have another gruelling climb back up firelane #10! So i would go the Springville way, even though you have to do some road biking. take springville road down to leif erikson, take a left there and fallow leif erikson back to the parking lot.

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powell butte, larch mt. molalla cooridor, scapoose.....

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 29, 2005]
ricomundy
Cross Country Rider

While visiting the area I rode on these trails north of Germantowne after exploring the other parts of Forest Park. I went down Newton road which got more technical and challenging the closer it got to the bottom. There was one creek crossing with basketball size rocks that I was unable to ride and after that it was overgrown with blackberries. I knew by how steep it goes down that there would be a long climb back up and I found it out as I hike-a-biked up the Fireroad 10 that the reviewer below describes. It was so steep my calves were burning by the top. I should have turned around and ridden back up Newton instead. Either way, it's too short of a downhill to make it worth the effort of climbing back up except for a serious fitness person. I wouldn't recommend a visitor to the area going out of their way to ride this trail.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 25, 2004]
XCpro900
Cross Country Rider

Firelane 10 to Newton Rd. is thee best and only two trails worth riding, if your an advanced rider, in Forest Park. The only problem is there's no loop to it. You can go up, BUT... it's a walk all the way to the top, and if anyone says they rode up any of it is full of BS. With the steepness and gravel of the BPA road maybe 1/20th of it MIGHT be ridden. You can go all the way to the bottom, to the highway (30@ Linton) and ride back into the park at 3 locations,(there might be others, these are the ones I've taken) back up Germantown Rd., Saltzman Rd. or Thurman Rd. and come across Leif Erikson Dr. back to Germantown Rd. parking lot. My favorite being the latter which makes for the larger loop.

Customer Service

See Above

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None

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 21, 2003]
Jaybo
Cross Country Rider

This is a pretty good ride. It is kind of rocky with a ton of down and up. If you are not in shape it may kick your tail. I don't know. This ride is good for a close in ride for fitness. It is a mud pit in the winter. But, if you ride it 3x a week you would be in a great shape.

Customer Service

I can't really map it to well. Lots of options I take.

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Gorge 400 is drier and more fun in the winter.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 07, 2001]

Close-in ride to keep in shape. Time: 1hr. Length: 10miles. Elev gain/loss: 1500ft (almost always climbing or descending). Surface: 95% firelane, 5%singletrack. Physical: 4/5, technical: 2/5. Cool, damp woods with very little crowds. Not recommended to anyone out of shape or wanting real singletrack.
The ride:
2 min downhill on firelane 10.
10 min steep uphill on firelane 10 to lot at Newton Rd. Ride across lot to Newton firelane.
3 min level riding and short climb on newton firelane
4 min fast downhill on newton firelane.
4 min singletrack ride on rocky newton firelane. ride across creek 3 times with slight technical riding
1 min ride NW on paved St Helen's.
4 min ride uphill on paved harbortown to creston to firelane 12.
15 min steep uphill on doubletrack firelane 12.
5 min ride slight uphill on BPA rd
2 min ride SE on Skyline to green gate Newton firelane.
1 min ride down newton firelane to lot.
3 min fun downhill on firelane 10.
6 min steep uphill on firelane 10.
This loop encompasses almost all the legal riding north of Germantown. I've poached the singletrack during off-peak hours and it's pretty flat, boring and not worth getting yelled at. If you're going to poach, do it where the riding is worth it.

Customer Service

Start at big parking lot halfway up Germantown Rd. From dirt lot, ride up Germantown Rd 100 ft to green gate on North-Side of Road. 1-1.5 hour loop: FR10, Newton Rd, FR12, BPA, Newton Rd, FR10 back to parking lot.

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Real singletrack can be had at Larch mtn, tarbell trail, brown's camp. There is no singletrack close-in. Why?

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 26, 2001]
Jay

This trail is excellent if you want a quicky workout without a lot of driving (assuming you live in Portland). I really get my heart rate up as the climbs are pretty challenging and the descent somewhat technical. The trail is very rocky in many places so lube that fork or, better yet, get a full-suspension bike to ride here. Cool ride for so close to Portland. Try it out. I give it 3 stars because it is definately a notch or two down from the really cool rides in the area, but if you want to stay in shape and get out and ride a fairly substantial ride. This is it. Oh, I can't do the route above in less than 1.5 hours. Maybe I'm slow. Have fun.

Customer Service

As stated by reviewer above, but there are many routes available as you learn the trail system.

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Powell Butte in SE Portland is alright. Some technical terrain on the north side of the ride, but not much of a workout for me.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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