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Forest Park (North of Germantown Road)

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No. of Reviews: 18

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45.58886852357084
Longitude
-122.79009103775024
Trail Directions
Take US30 North-East out of Portland. Go under the St. Johns bridge and turn left at the light. Go up the hill and make a switchback turn to the right onto Germantown Rd. Go up the hill for a few miles and park in the trail head. Trails are back across the road.
Trail Length
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Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Portland
   


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Review Date
October 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pdxmark ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stay off the hiking trails with your bike, unless you actually volunteered hours to build the trails.



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Review Date
December 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: germantown resident ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
January 13, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: velodevi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
February 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Spanky59 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
October 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: willymcd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
powell butte, larch mt. molalla cooridor, scapoose.....



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