When most people think of Portland, a 30 mile urban trail doesn’t come to mind. But Wildwood Trail is just that, a long trail that winds through the ever pupular Forest Park. While there are several access points to the trail, the most common trailhead is located inside Washington Park. The trail then meanders north and comes to an end at Newberry Road.
Although it begins in Washington Park, the majority of Wildwood Trail is actually in Forest Park. Since the first five miles of the trail passes by some of Portland’s major historic landmarks, this section is usually crowded. As they walk this part of the trail, your doggo can see pawsome sites like the Oregon Zoo, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Portland Japanese Garden, and the Pittock Mansion.
As you make your way north, the crowds of tourists dissipate. Instead, you’ll encounter fellow hikers, runners, and a few equestrians. This section runs through lush vegetation and thick forests. Look for ferns, mushrooms, and a variety of wildflowers. Views of the Willamette River add to the trail’s beauty and your pup’s ears will definitely perk up to the sounds of the local birds.
There is no camping in Forest Park. So, unless your pup is ultra-fit and can walk 30 miles in one day, you’ll have to break the trail up into sections. Wildwood Trail runs through a city park, so regulations are bit stricter than some wilderness trails. Dogs must be on leash at all times and pet parents must clean up after their fur babies. The City requests that full bags be disposed of immediately and not set at the side of the trail. Restrooms are available throughout the park. Be sure to bring enough water for both you and your pooch. Above all else, enjoy spending time with your dog on this furrific trail!