Firelane 7- Springville Rd Loop - Forest Park

Date: August 14, 2009
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 700 ft
Time: 2:12 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Weather: Cool and overcast
Maps: I highly recommend The Forest Park Map Set for the best map of this area. Bring the whole set any time you set foot in Forest park. This hike is on Map 6 of that collection. The Friends of Forest Park Area Map is available online, it's not the best, but a start.
My Route:

  1. From the upper Springville Rd trail head, walk strait on Firelane 7.
  2. Vere to the left onto Firelane 7A
  3. Turn left on Wildwood Trail
  4. Turn right on Hardesty Trail
  5. Turn left on Leif Erikson Drive (This intersection is not marked, but there is no mistaking it's the end of the Hardesty Trail)
  6. Turn left on Springville Rd (Another unmarked intersection. Sprinville Rd is a wide trail and there is a small marker that says 9.37)
  7. Turn left on Wildwood, eventually retracing your steps to firelane 7A
  8. Turn right on Firelane 7 A
  9. Vere right onto Firelane 7 to return to the trail head
Notes:
This is a close-in hike, at 6 miles, it isn't quick, but may serve after-work workout for ambitious folks who work near downtown or NW Portland during the long summer days. I got off work early today, so I started hiking around 4pm and, walking pretty fast, finished in a little over 2 hours.
The route has the usual forest park features: Trees, shade, ferns, quietness...

The trail head was about 1/2 full and I only saw a handful of other people on the trail.
Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map There are no restrooms or water at the trail head.
What I said about these trails before: Upper Springville Trail Head Hikes, Forest Park Hikes
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:
Forest Park Conservatory
Guidebooks
Forest Park Map Set

Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon
Portland Forest Hikes: Twenty Close-In Wilderness Walks (I hate the maps in this book!)
100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington, 3rd Edition
This hike was part of Hike-A-Thon 2009, a fundraiser for Washington Trails Association. All my hike-a-thon posts are here. My fundraising page is here.

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

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