Germantown - Springville Rd Loop - Forest Park

Date: 8/3/09
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 300 ft
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Weather: Warm and humid. It was a 90+ day, but I didn't hike until evening when it had cooled a bit
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. The trails here are included 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. Start at Germantown Rd - Wildwood Trail head
  2. South on Wildwood trail
  3. Left on Springville Rd. (This intersection is kind of confusing. Springville Rd is not labeled, although Wildwood is. There is also a full trail map sign, but without a "you are here" marker. The intersection is just past mile marker 22.5. It's impossible to miss, the only road-size trail you'll come across.)
  4. Left on Leif Erikson Drive (Again, an intersection with a big trail map but no trail identifiers. Again, you can't miss it. The first and only big intersection.)
  5. Left on Canyon Trail. (This is a new trail and isn't on most trail maps. It connects the trail heads for Wildwood and Leif Erikson along Germantown Rd. To find it, follow the parking area toward the road.)
Notes:
This made for a quick and easy after-work hike. The close-in Portland location makes this hike easy to get to with daylight to spare (in the summer).

The scenery is the typical Forest Park stuff. Beautiful trees, moss, ferns, birds singing. The trail was nearly empty, most of the people I encountered were on Leif Erikson Dr.

The sun shines through trees on Springville Rd.

I hadn't known about the Canyon Trail, as it isn't on my maps, but a reader board at the trail head mentioned it. I was pleased to not have to walk along the road. It's a bit narrow and the only steep section on this route, but only about .3 miles. With Canyon Trail connecting the two trail heads on Germantown road, parking will be easier. You can always park at either lot and use the Canyon Trail to avoid walking on the road.

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: Wildwood hikes, Forest Park hikes, Germantown trail head hikes
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:

Guidebooks:
60 Hikes within 60 Miles
Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon
Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver
Forest Park Map Set

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.

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