Forest Park stretches more than seven miles of Northwest Portland along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains. We've developed the following map to help you find your way to some of Forest Park's more accessible trail heads. Click on any of the blue pins below to view additional details or to generate custom driving, biking or public transit directions.
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Updates on Current Trail Conditions
The Conservancy's crew regularly monitors trail conditions and works with Portland Parks & Recreation year-round to ensure the safety and stability of all the soft-surface trails in Forest Park. We update this page as we learn of trail closures and other information on trail conditions. Another source of information on trail conditions is the Portland Parks & Recreation website.
Wayfinding on the Wildwood Trail and Leif Erikson Drive
The Wildwood Trail, designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail, meanders for 30.2 breathtaking miles, from the southern end of the trail at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington Park to the Northwest terminus of the trail at Newberry Road. Starting at the Vietnam Memorial/Oregon Zoo, the trail is marked every quarter-mile by blue, diamond-shaped blazes stenciled onto trees about six feet from the ground. The mile markers are located approximately two feet above the blue diamond, and show the distance from the Zoo/Vietnam Memorial trailhead. The Wildwood enters Forest Park proper when it crosses West Burnside St. at about Mile 3.
Leif Erikson Drive, once a road traveled by automobiles and now a wide forest trail, extends 11.2 miles from the NW Thurman St. trailhead to NW Germantown Road. Mileage on Leif Erikson is marked by white concrete posts on the right side of the trail as you travel north from Thurman to Germantown Rd., and show the distance in miles from the NW Thurman St. gate.
Maps of Forest Park
Once you get to the trail head, you'll want a map to help you find your way through the 80+ miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads inside the park. The Conservancy recommends four terrific resources, all of which are available through our online store, at our Northwest Portland location, and at area retailers. Current members of the Conservancy receive a 20% discount on all these items when purchased directly from FPC.
Trail Map and Visitor's Guide to Forest Park
This Trail Map and Visitor's Guide comes in regular and pocket sizes, and is printed on tear and water-resistant paper. A concise guide to the park, this map and guide includes a large relief map of the entire park, user guidelines, and nine recommended hiking and running trails with elevation profiles and information on the flora and fauna you'll see along the way. Available online, at our Northwest Portland location, and at Powell's, REI, New Seasons, Fit Right, Patagonia, Audubon Portland, Portland Parks & Recreation, and other fine area retailers.
One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park by Marcy Cottrell Houle
Marcy Houle is a wildlife biologist who has been writing about Forest Park for more than twenty years. This is the definitive guidebook to the flora, fauna, geology and history of Forest Park. The book also includes a map of the park and 29 suggested hiking loops. Available online, at the Conservancy's NW Portland location, Powell's, and many other area booksellers.
Green Trails™ Map of Forest Park
Green Trails™ has been producing quality maps of Forest Park and other notable outdoor destinations for many years. This map of Forest Park also includes Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum and the Audubon Sanctuary. Includes topographical lines and elevation profiles for the Wildwood Trail. Available online, at our NW Portland location, and at many local retailers.
Forest Park PDX for iPhone
A mobile solution for visitors, this app showcases the ten popular trail loops in Forest Park featured in our Hiking & Running Guide to Forest Park (now out of print).
- Navigate the park in its entirety
- Zoom in to see minute details and locations of trailheads
- Plan a loop, complete with elevation, mileage, and a map
- Learn more about the Park and Conservancy