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Level: Beginner
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,010/ -1,021 ft
Total: 51 riders

Mountain Biking Forest Park - Leif Erikson Drive

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#112 of 304 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#4,911 in the world

A good ride for a beginer on a Mt. or cross bike. There is some good single track on side trails but most are closed to bikes. The people of Portland make a stink when they find you ridding them so watch out . Fire lane # 1 and # 3 are great down hills but are short. You can shuttle them if you have a car or truck.

First added by beantownmessenger on Sep 18, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
If you can find downtown Portland Oregon You can find the Trail. Head out of town on Burnside drive. On NW 23rd st turn R and then L on Thurman Rd. Head up the hill to Forest Park and the trails. The trail head is only about 3 miles from downtown Portland.
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Rider questions

Q: Can I ride this trail on my road bike?
A: If you’ve got wider tires (30mm+) you should be ok when it is dry. It can be pretty bumpy in places and there are occasional dips, rocks or loose sticks that I wouldn’t want to hit with 90 psi skinny road tires and a rigid frame. If it is at all wet, I’d definitely want tires with some deeper grip than street tires.

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  • Gdb49

    Beautiful and lush, but not much of a trail for MTB.

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  • Munipdx

    Just a gravel road. Very boring. No technical features.

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  • BillSaxe

    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.

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