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Forest Park

Average Rating:    (2.95 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 41

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.
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Latitude
45.52920030250178
Longitude
-122.69891738891601
Trail Directions
Off NW 23rd into Thurman Road from Downtown Portland, OR Germantown road entrance.
Trail Length
20+miles total
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Portland
   


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Review Date
July 31, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: fselker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
October 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: trevorsmith ,  Weekend Warrior

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

Use GoogleMap street view for trailhead entrance.

Recommended Route:
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



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Review Date
December 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

Visitors rate this review
2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ssdom ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All oregon trails



Comments
willymcd (06/24/2008)
I haven't yet gone any hiking only trail, man am i tempted though, especially since i really never see any hikers on them they are all on leaf erickson going on a mindless run or walk. it's so stupid most the park is closed to bikers.
nwrider23 (10/30/2009)
I've been yelled at by a runner on a far-western section of the park, don't remember which trail. I want to say the wildwood. He threatened that if the running club had "caught" me that I might have gotten beat up. They basically think they own the trail, and feel exclusively entitled to it. What a waste, a dozen hikers tops go through there a day
JPDX (02/12/2010)
Agreed, Forest Park is the biggest joke of a park I've ever been to. It is so huge and yet so underused. I blame this mostly on people in Portland being so far left that they are just plain freaks. Almost any other city with a park like this would have specific bike trails built, and real signs and maps that are free
stultorum (06/01/2010)
For a long time i tried to buy into the multi-use philosophy, but after witnessing the vastness of forest park almost entirely devoid of quality, legal, single track... i'm done. i'm done with you portland. i'll be blazing that $hit at night, in the winter, destroying every inch, making sure you knew we were in there. and we'll continue being this stupid until you realizing how rediculous it is that there's that many miles of terain and no mountain biking. this town sucks huge sometimes and this is one of those times.
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Review Date
August 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ricomundy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



Comments
stultorum (06/01/2010)
You just described it perfectly.
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Review Date
July 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: kgerts ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Thurman --> Firelane 1 --> Skyline --> Firelan 3 --> Thurman

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brown's camp, Hagg lake, Three corners rock



Comments
stultorum (06/01/2010)
Couldn't agree more. You can squeeze out almost 8 miles of unique single track at PB, turn around and do again for a respectable 16 mile ride. So the question is... why is FP treated so differently from PB?
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