Run Leif Erikson Drive

Oregon Leif Erikson Drive

Added by The Outbound Collective

  • 12.1-mile run along a gravel fire road
  • Popular weekend destination for runners, hikers, bikers
  • Within 3 miles of downtown Portland
  • Mile markers every ¼ mile

Leif Erikson Drive is a wide dirt road running through the heart of Forest Park that is closed to motorized vehicles…making it a magnet for those looking to add some relatively easy and scenic distance to their workouts.

The road itself is nicely graded and well maintained. It has relatively good drainage, so it’s a good go-to destination if you’re looking for a more scenic run during wet weather.

If you’re looking to add some adventure to your runs, Leif Erikson features several access points to the beautiful and heavily forested Wildwood Trail. Wildwood runs parallel to Leif Erikson, so you have the opportunity to create a limitless number of trail loops.

For this particular run, start at the trailhead at the end of NW Thurman St, follow the trail north through the park. Turn around at the intersection of Saltzman Rd and return to the start.

Pack List

  • Running shoes
  • Running gear
  • Water bottle
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Fitness, Running

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Year Round



Dog Friendly
Family Friendly

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4 months ago

Remote Feeling but Close to the City

I love Forest Park because you can escape from the city easily and quickly. This is a beautiful running spot!

4 months ago

8 months ago

Awesome Trial Close To The City

This is a go-to trail for me when I want to get a long run in that isn't full of steep up hills and downhills. Great for dogs too. The only reason I wouldn't give it 5 stars is because you don't get that many great viewpoints along the way.

8 months ago

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