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Leif Erikson Drive

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When people mention biking in Forest Park, they often mean Leif Erikson Drive.


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11.3

Miles

18.2

KM

Doubletrack

735' 224 m

High

354' 108 m

Low

858' 261 m

Up

572' 174 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Close to the city, no obstacles and gradual inclines.

Forest Park has very specific bike-legal trails. Be sure to stay on these:

Leif Erikson Drive, Saltzman Road, Springville Road, BPA Road, Newton Road, Holman Lane, Firelane 1, Firelane 3, Firelane 5, Firelane 10, Firelane 12, and Firelane 15.

Description

When people talk about biking of any kind in Forest Park, they are likely talking about Leif Erikson Drive. This nearly 11-mile long gravel doubletrack serves as the main artery for two wheels in Forest Park. Most of the other bike-legal trails connect to this gravel road.

Parking is at either end: the northern trailhead (Germantown rd) has a larger lot but is a little out of the way. The southern trailhead is a small lot at the end of a neighborhood street (Thurman) but there's plenty of street parking nearby.

Never super steep, this can be a leisurely pedal after work or school, or a way to get in some miles during the rainy winter. The southern half is a more steady or consistent grade, while the northern half is a little more rolling up and down. Note that these are minor differences. The doubletrack is always broad and has plenty of room for a few bikes and a few runners to pass each other, but still practice good trail etiquette and announce yourself. Expect lots of runners, hikers, and some dogs.

Although it is lacking in views (you get one tiny view of half of the Saint Johns Bridge) the forest is nice and calming. Big leaf maples, douglas fir, and the other usual trees of this part of Oregon line the roadway and make for nice scenery.

It's somewhat rocky and bumpy, so fat and soft tires are nice. And it tends to be muddy in winter, so fenders are nice then. A cyclocross or gravel bike with medium to large tires is a good choice, or get an even smoother ride on a mountain bike, although suspension is not needed. Just about any kind of bike can ride on this, although skinny road tires would be a bumpy ride.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brock Warner with improvements by Frank Selker

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Photos

The bottom of firelane 3 at Lief Erickson rd. It is a great fast downhill in the dry summer months.
Jan 9, 2021 near West Haven, OR
Pretty day on Leif Erikson Drive.
Aug 31, 2016 near West Haven, OR
About the hardest thing you'll come across!
Sep 5, 2017 near West Haven, OR
View of St. Johns Bridge
Jul 19, 2013 near West Haven, OR
A bicyclist stops to check out the site remains of the former homestead on the Erikson Trail. Bill Cunningham Photo,
Feb 28, 2018 near West Haven, OR

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Mar 27, 2022
John Hoffman
Oct 31, 2021
Tony Abbott
Out and back from the trailhead 9.2mi — 1h 34m
Jul 30, 2020
Audrey Oberlin
Dres awwww a we
Jul 2, 2020
Teakwood Grange
Great ride, nice and dry. — 2h 00m
Jun 17, 2020
Sebastian Sebastian
Aug 2, 2019
Neil Collins
Apr 20, 2019
Al Jacobs
rented bike went with Sean
Nov 10, 2018
D. Beckstrand