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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RT Distance 6.2 Miles
Activities Running, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest

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Maple Trail hike on 11/11

Maple Trail hike on Saturday, 11/11. Weather looks good. Planning to start from Maple Trail signed junction at 11:00 AM. Please let me know if anyone interested.

12 months ago

Road Closures

I was only able to complete half of the loop because there is work being done on Maple Trail. As well as some other trails I passed along the way. Signs throughout the forest read that trail closures through the park would continue through summer 2017 to spring 2017. I followed the loop until Koening Trail and turned around making for pleasant and shady 6 mile out and back run. Even with the closures I still highly recommend this park. The forest is quiet and peaceful. Barely any foot traffic.

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.


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