An abundance of wildlife (more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species) can be found in Forest Park. With its massive tree canopy and substantial undergrowth, the park serves as a natural air purifier, water collector, and erosion controller. The 30-mile Wildwood Trail in Forest Park is part of the region's 40-Mile Loop system that links Forest Park to pedestrian and trail routes along the Columbia River to Gresham, through southeast Portland, along the Willamette Greenway, and back to the Marquam Trail in southwest Portland. A landmark on the trail is the Stone House. This structure was built in the mid-1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a public restroom. The infamous Columbus Day storm on October 12, 1962, took out the water line. Because the structure had been heavily vandalized over the years, the decision was made to gut the building rather than embark on costly repairs. It remains as a favorite spot to rest along the trail.
Beautiful and lush, but not much of a trail for MTB.Thank |
Just a gravel road. Very boring. No technical features.Thank |
On a day where we had our bikes packed up, but couldn't decide where to go. We wanted to try somewhere new. We didn't have a map, just winged it. 15 mins in, we got onto the wrong trail and got furiously yelled at by some lady whom took our pictures for reasons we couldn't decipher. Trying our best to be polite and walk our bikes off and head somewhere else, she wouldn't let up and wouldn't calm down on our extreme 'illegal' offense. Even after suggesting us to bike on the highway. She continued to pout how bikes are dangerous to hikers. Yea, okay, sure, cars and bikes are a safer combination then bikes and hikers. However, these routes of hard pack which we briefly experienced were so nicely made for some nice mountain biking. It could have made such a nice day! Never the less, don't even try this place! If you do find a trail for bikes, you'll take a turn while having too much fun(this isn't allowed) and be fronted by the picky Oregonians who won't take an apology seriously.Thank |
Fire roads and super steep singletrack. So soThank |
Leif Erikson itself is just an easy, wide lane ride that gives you the feeling of being deep in a NW forest while being only out of the city center. A cool feeling if you're new to the area. But the real appeal of the this ride is finding the small Fire lane trails which are legal for bikes and offer a heart-stopping workout if ridden uphill. For those who like downhill, I guess there are easy ways to approach these Fire lanes from above so you don't have to do the uphill (check the posted maps to plan you route). I've ridden three different fire lanes, but there are more. Starting form Thurman St. the first is just past Mile marker 3, the second is just past Mile marker 4. The other is past Mile marker 6 past a crossroads of Salzman and Leif Erikson intersect. That ones too hard to describe finding. You'll just have to search for yourself.Thank |