Holman Park Loop - Forest Park

Date: July 11, 2009
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 570 ft
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy (although one of our group called it moderate due to the first 1.5 miles being nearly all uphill)
Weather: 70 and overcast.
Maps: Map 2 of the The Forest Park Map Set is the best map of this area. Bring the whole set any time you set foot in Forest park. The Friends of Forest Park Area Map is available online, it's not the best, but a start.
My Route: Forest Park Map Set Loop #2 (City View), Option 1.

  1. From NW Raleigh St go through the gate and follow the trail, Holman Lane.
  2. Turn right at Wildwood Trail
  3. Turn right at Dogwood Trail
  4. Turn right at Leif Erikson Drive
  5. At Leif Erikson Trail Head, follow Thurman Street then Aspen Ave, walk another 1/2 mile on Aspen to where you parked.
I brought a couple visiting relatives out to this spot in Holman Park (Holman Park blends into the south end of Forest Park) for an easy introduction to hiking, featuring the beauty of the forest. Everyone had a great time.

The route is green and as my sister described it "forest-y"

Looking down at the junction of the Dogwood Trail and Leif Erikson

Overall this was easy, but with a little challenge to let you know you're working. The first 1.5 miles are a bit of a climb, but nothing too strenuous. This is perfect for a close-in quick hike. At 2 hours, it works as an after-work workout for folks who live or work near downtown or NW Portland.
Wide open Leif Erikson Drive caters to bikers and hikers alike

My sore knee didn't bother me at all. I think it's safe to say that I didn't do any damage to it.

Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map
There are no water or restrooms at the trail head.
There is water at the Leif Erikson Trail Head, doing this hike in reverse would give you the option to fill your water bottles there.
What I said about these trails before: Forest Park Hikes, Wildwood hikes, Holman Park, Lief Erikson Hikes
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes
Forest Park Map Set Map #2
Forest Park Conservatory
100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington, 3rd Edition Hike #5 is similar
Trail Running Oregon: Northwest and Central Oregon's Classic Trail Runs Run #2 is similar
Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide Trip #17 is similar

Overall: ★★

Have you been on this or a nearby trail? Please share your experience.

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