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Leif Erikson Road Plus

 2.3 (18)

25.6 Miles 41.2 Kilometers


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Singletrack

1,566' 477 m

Ascent

-1,566' -477 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

1,065' 325 m

High

347' 106 m

Low

Shared By Frank Selker

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An out-and-back on a dirt and gravel road with a side loop and optional exit down to Hwy 30 on Saltzman Road.

Frank Selker

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Overview

Ride through Forest Park on roads that largely follows the contours. This out-and-back features a loop up Saltzman Road and down Firelane 5, with access to an optional exit down Saltzman Road to Hwy 30.

Description

Leif Erikson roughly follows the contour along the length of the park, making for a nice, long dirt-road ride. On nice weekends, it’s a bit crowded with pedestrians near the Thurman trailhead but gets open a mile or two out. It’s somewhat muddy during wet periods.

This ride has a loop up Saltzman Road and down Firelane 5 (the only very short bit of singletrack) thrown in. I think it's more fun to ride up Firelane 5, then turn back down where it crosses the Wildwood trail than going up Saltzman Road or riding Firelane 5 above Wildwood. Either way, this loop is easy to adapt for your preferences.

Overall, this is not a prime NW mountain bike experience, but can still be a nice gravel/road ride to escape from cars into a forest. It's also a popular workout for training cyclocross and gravel riders.

The fire lanes this ride intersects can be fun diversions - they are steep, short roads generally going uphill from Leif Erikson Drive.

The park was nearly all logged, so it’s second-growth successional forest with a few large (by NW standards) old trees.

History & Background

Although Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, opponents of cycling (mostly park neighbors) shut bikes out in the 1980's and 90's, and have prevented bikes from getting trail access. So this route is not mountain biking but has dirt/gravel road riding. The only short trail segments are on Firelane 5 (about 1/3 of a mile) and northerly parts of Newton Road, which are trail-like for less than a mile. Northwest Trail Alliance and others have worked for many years to get singletrack open to biking.

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Sep 13, 2018
John Steggall
May 25, 2018
Trace Hill
Bumpy. Kinda boring
Apr 9, 2018
Joshua Cornelius
Wet... 12mi
Sep 3, 2017
Joshua Johnson
Pretty simple, nice cruise. 15mi
Aug 18, 2017
Silas N
6.3mi
Aug 6, 2017
Nick Humby
A flat, gravel road popular with runners. No views, no technical challenges, good if you want a threshold effort but that's about it.
Jul 10, 2016
Joey Ambrose
Nice east ride you can do with the family. Not challenging at all for the average MTB rider. Flat forest road. Gorgeous, but not technical at all. 12mi
Apr 30, 2016
Kyle Slowter

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  2.3 from 18 votes

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Evan Thilo
Tacoma, WA
Evan Thilo   Tacoma, WA
I parked at the NW Thurman St trailhead, went up Leif Erikson and then up firelane 1. That is a stiff climb. The downhill connecting back to Aspen Ave was pretty fun to ride. Good calorie burner Jun 28, 2015
Len Pipes
Beaverton, OR
Len Pipes   Beaverton, OR
My typical loop is to park at the Germantown end of Leif Ericsson, ride down to Saltzman, up Saltzman to Skyline, along Skyline, and then down Firelane 3 back to Leif Ericsson and back (maybe even do another Saltzman/FL3 loop). Firelane 3 is the payoff, short (but fast) singletrack. Anything more than an XC bike/hardtail is overkill for Forest Park... but you gotta get your exercise somehow! Firelane 3 off Skyline can be hard to find: portlandoregon.gov/parks/fi… Jul 24, 2015
Unfortunately the neighbors of Forest Park have so far prevented bikes from getting any trails to speak of in one of the largest urban parks in the country. So it's virtually all dirt and gravel road for bikes. Not really mountain biking, but can be a pleasant time in the woods. Also the woods were nearly all logged, so it's second growth with few large (by NW standards) trees. Feb 1, 2018

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