Forest Park

Located on the city’s western outskirts, the expansive 5,000-plus acre Forest Park offers city dwellers a quick and easy way to disconnect from the concrete jungle. As one of the largest urban parks in the United States, it spans the eastern face of the Tualatin Mountains. The park is conveniently located near major roadways, bike paths, and public transportation.

Over eighty miles of trails are available for walking and hiking in the park, making it one of the best places to go hiking in Portland, OR region. The first-time visitor should bring a map to help them find their way around. The Wildwood Trail, which spans 30 miles, is a popular option for those looking to get some exercise while also circumnavigating the city on foot. The Maple Trail Loop is another well-liked circuit due to its focus on the park’s biggest trees. From Lower Macleay Park, you can take a stroll through Forest Park to the famous Pittock Mansion.

Forest Park’s 5,200 acres are home to a wide variety of native animals and plants and serve as a natural filter for the surrounding environment. More than 80 miles of trails are available there, making it a vital resource for local residents seeking recreation, education, and connection to nature. The entrances to Forest Park number in the 40s. The printable map of Forest Park Trails shows the locations of popular trailheads and the trails to which they lead.

There is a wide range of parking situations, which have been sorted and labeled below according to their respective capacities. Please be considerate to your neighbors by adhering to parking rules and regulations. Keep in mind that not every trail has its own parking lot. Vehicle storage is available at no cost. The majority of trailheads are remote and have little parking, therefore carpooling or using a ridesharing service is recommended.

Trails in Portland’s Forest Park go out of the city and into the midst of more than 5,200 acres of Northwest forest. The trail system in Forest Park offers unrivaled opportunities for recreation and transit inside Portland city limits, and is highlighted by the 30-mile Wildwood Trail, a National Recreation Trail.

The paths in Forest Park gently trace the peaks and valleys of the Tualatin Mountains. Parallel to Wildwood Trail and Leif Erikson Drive may be found Leif Erikson Drive, which also features distance markers every so often. From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington Park, at its southern end, blue diamonds can be found every quarter mile along Wildwood Trail. Quarter-mile markers are painted on white bollards placed every quarter mile along Leif Erikson Drive, beginning at the trailhead for the Leif Erikson and Thurman trails. A majority of the remaining paths allow for loop and lollipop treks because they cut over these two main paths.

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