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Leif Erikson Drive

Forest Park

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • The entry to Leif Erikson Drive on NW Thurman Street.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • The entry to Leif Erikson Drive on NW Thurman Street.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • Mile markers line the path.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • A viewpoint along Leif Erikson Drive.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • A wide and maintained pathway along Leif Erikson Drive.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • A wide and maintained pathway along Leif Erikson Drive.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • Expect some muddy riding after rain.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • Picnic tables along Leif Erikson Drive.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • A wide and maintained pathway along Leif Erikson Drive.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • View into the steep hillsides along Leif Erikson Drive. - Leif Erikson Drive
  • Views over downtown Portland.- Leif Erikson Drive
  • Houses in the Historic Northwest District near the park entry.- Leif Erikson Drive
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Pros: 
Riding close to Portland Metro. Great views. Nearby amenities.
Cons: 
Pedestrians (often with dogs) can be on the trail in significant numbers.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
655.00 ft (199.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
22.60 mi (36.37 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
95.00 ft (28.96 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Looking for a location close to downtown Portland for an afternoon or after-work ride? Leif Erikson Drive is just a few miles from Portland's downtown and provides a 22.6-mile there-and-back ride along a wide and maintained path.

Starting from NW Thurman Street just on the outskirts of the Historic Northwest District, the ride is scenic from the beginning. Houses with unique architecture line Thurman Street, which abruptly ends and leaves you surrounded by the lush Forest Park terrain. From here the path winds around steep hills while remaining wide and flat for the entire ride. On a clear day, you can look out through clearings along the trail to see Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood rising above the Portland skyline. For a rainy-day ride, the dense trees of Forest Park provide a bit of shelter from the elements.

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