Forest Park - Trail, Portland, Oregon

Forest Park - Trail, Portland, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

Main route is Leif Erikson Drive, a gravel road that stretchs 11 miles long. Off this road is several firelanes(good climbs) going upto skyline blvd.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 31, 2011]
fselker
Cross Country Rider

Some day Portland may realize that parks are for everyone, not just hikers. But until then, most legal riding in Forest Park isn't much good. You can ride on a long gravel road (Leif Erickson) or on steep but non-technical dirt roads crossing Leif. Decent work-out, but not much fun. If you know just where to look you can a fraction of a mile of trail here or there (e.g., Firelane 5 just above Leif). What is needed is either access to Maple and Wildwood (little-used except peak hours and near Thurman Gate, and would be great for cycling) or the construction of new contour trails for bikes.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 08, 2008]
trevorsmith
Weekend Warrior

Good for weekday riding after work, short rides, and good workout if time is limited.

Use GoogleMap street view for trailhead entrance.

Customer Service

Map for MTB trails in Forest Park:
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewFile&PolPdfsID=81&/ForestPark_mountainbike_map.pdf

Google Maps of trailhead of Firelanes:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Forest+Park+Firelane+MTB+Portland+oregon&jsv=131f&sll=45.528592,-122.699974&sspn=0.278517,0.467606&ie=UTF8&mrt=kmlkmz&src=kohs

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 02, 2008]
Duncan Parks
Cross Country Rider

Yes, most of this is a smooth and fast gravel road, although it is much more pleasant and green than your typical FS road. But please don't follow the last reviewer's advice and poach the illegal singletrack like Wildwood. The PUMP folks are working really hard to get more legal singletrack in the park, and you need to check out what they've done with Firelane 5 just above Leif Erickson Dr., which is short but *very* fun. Don't poach the other trails and screw it up for everyone who is working hard to expand the trail options!

Customer Service

From Thurman Gate: Out Leif Erickson Rd. to Saltzman Rd., up Saltzman to to Firelane 5, down FL 5 to Leif Erickson, repeat as desired, back out Leif.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 22, 2007]
ssdom
Cross Country Rider

Great single track if you know where your going! This place has amazing single track that is supposidly "hiking" trails only but we all share this place so we can all use it how we want.

Customer Service

25 miles of great single track if you start from fire lane 1, take nature trail down to leif erickson then turn left. Then turn left on firelane 2 climb up or hike up to wildwood then turn right. Just stay on wildwood from here to saltzmen rd. Cross saltzmen back onto wildwood, ride wildwood all the way to ridge trail then take ridge trail down to erickson, turn left out to german town then up to skyline turn left and your back to fire lane 1

Similar Products Used:

All oregon trails

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

While visiting Portland I rode this trail since it was near where I was staying. Overall, it was disappointing, being primarily very easy gravel fire roads. There seem to be a lot of places where downhillers are skidding their own tracks down the side of the ridge. It looks like all the trails that would be really fun are illegal. As a visitor, it's not worth stopping by to ride these trails.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 29, 2005]
kgerts
Cross Country Rider

FP is nice, thank you for the great park but this is a place that does not promote MTBing. Just compare Powell Butte with FP, Powell Butte is probably a 1/10 or less in dimension than FP but yet, Powell butte has way more singletrack and trails for MTB.

Customer Service

Thurman --> Firelane 1 --> Skyline --> Firelan 3 --> Thurman

Similar Products Used:

Brown's camp, Hagg lake, Three corners rock

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 05, 1998]
askman

From Thurman road entrance, you have about 5 miles of light to medium climb. during this part, there are firelane 2 and 3 going up to Skyline Blvd, which can be done for real aerobic workout, each couple of miles long. It is real scenic and quiet, amazing to find so close to major metro area. A lot of users during summer, but not bad. Fairly well maintained.

Customer Service

Start from Thurman road entrance, if coming from Downtown or use Germantown entrance, if coming from west side of town. Also use firelanes to add variety.

Similar Products Used:

we have many trails in the area. From Barlow trail and others in the Mt Hood National Forest to Hagg Lake. Pickup a map in any bicycle shop in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 13, 1998]
Custom Bicycles

This is a great training ride close into the city, good climbing, ok decents.

NOT a park for single track! The ride just gets a little repedative. You could vary the length and roads you do but they are still ROADS!

Customer Service

Leif Erikson, from Thurman Rd to Germantown, up to Skyline then left (south) down Springville, to Saltzman (south) up to Skyline again, left to firelane 3 and down to leif and back to home.

Similar Products Used:

Browns Camp, Souixan (Washington), Mt Hood trails (Any of them)or even the gorge trail for a short ride.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 02, 1998]
Nate Juttelstad

If you are really desperate this road isnt TOO bad. The road itself is terribly monotonous, but several Fire Lanes with long climbs and good descents make it worthwhile. Avoid totally on a summer afternoon, or you'll just end up cursing the throngs of pedestrians and dogs.

Customer Service

Start at the Firelane entrance off Sklying Rd. at the intersection near Saltzman Rd. This way you get a descent downhill for the first mile or so. Head East on Erickson once you find it. Avoid the Thurman St. entrance if at all possible.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 09, 1999]
Ventana boy

Good ride close to town. Don't expect an "epic" ride but can be good for training. You can pretty much ride for 2-3 hours without stopping if you like. Loop explained is about 20 miles long and can be completed in 2 to 21/2 hours.

Customer Service

Start at the Thurman gate, watch for joggers and hikers in the first 3 or so miles. You can hammer this section up to Saltzman and get a good workout, it can be done in less than thirty minutes. From here continue on Leaf Erickson to Springville and go up to top of firelane 7. Go down FL 7 and watch for left turn, don't go straight down FL 7A, this is an illegal trail. When you get to the bottom and the trail branches, stay left, careful this is steep and rutted. You should be back on Leaf Erickson now, turn right. Continue on Leaf Erickson until you get to Saltzman, take right onto Saltzman and climb. At the top take a left onto Skyline watch for cars. Continue on Skyline until you see a large house with a copper roof on your left. Turn left onto this short street. Straight down is a gate, this is Firelane 3, continue down, watch for a second gate. Its all downhill from here, watch for rain ruts and other riders. At the bottom you will be back on Leaf Erickson take a right and head back down to the Thurman gate, again watching for joggers and other pedestrians.

Similar Products Used:

Many other loops in forest park, get map from Fat Tire Many other good loops possible in Forest Park, ask for map at Fat Tire Farm on Thurman.

OVERALL
RATING
3
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