Run the Maple Trail Loop

Oregon Maple Trail

Added by Brian Heifferon

  • A 6.2 mile forested loop with a little bit of everything
  • It’s close to the city and the perfect weekday run
  • Moderate-to-hard due to uphill switchbacks

The Maple Trail loop lies in the heart of Portland’s Forest Park, at 5,100 wooded acres, it’s the largest forested natural area within city limits in the United States. It’s packed with tons of natural variety as it winds through the park’s most heavily forested canyons. You’ll be amazed at how scenic this run is for being so close to the city.

The trail alternates between sunshine and shaded forest. All along the way you’ll be surrounded by maple trees and wildflowers as you glide along paved paths, dash along sharp uphill switchbacks, and scamper across picturesque streams. What more could a runner ask for?

Head up past the gate along a closed portion of Saltzman Rd for half a mile to the signed junction with the Maple Trail. Turn right on the Maple Trail, left on Leif Erikson Dr, and then left on Maple to return to Saltzman.

Photo: Ben Amstutz

Pack List

  • Running shoes
  • Runner gear
  • Bug spray
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Fitness, Running

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

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6.2 Miles



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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12 months ago

Trail running bliss

If you're in Portland you need to hit this spot. It's great in the morning when the forest is just starting to wake up and the sounds of nature fill the air.

12 months ago

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