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Firelane 4

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 3.0 (2)

This trail is mostly a straight uphill climb that offers great views and ample blackberries.


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Miles

0.9

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Point to Point

701' 214 m

High

295' 90 m

Low

407' 124 m

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Avg Grade (8°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Exposed to the sun and fairly straight and steep, Firelane 4 is often overgrown in the summer and muddy in the winter. Still, it is worth a visit if only because it differs so much from the rest of Forest Park.

Built along a powerline corridor, Firelane 4 takes you straight up the hill, alongside tall flowing grasses, delicate flowers, and blackberry canes bent under the weight of their fruit. The forest in this area is dominated by deciduous big leaf maple and red alder, however, there is one lovely douglas fir tree about 3/4 of the way up that offers a nice, shady rest stop along the trail.

If working your way uphill on Firelane 4, remember to turn around periodically and catch a glimpse of the eastward view. Lower down on the trail you can get a clear view of the Willamette River, and the higher up you climb, the more you can see of North Portland on the other side. If the day is clear and not too hazy, you'll be able to catch a wonderful glimpse of the Cascade Mountain Range in the distance.

Flora & Fauna

Firelane 4 sees more sunlight than most other trails in Forest Park, which brings with it a wealth of sun-loving plants, both native and invasive. Trail-side vegetation is bursting with blackberries in the summertime and provides valuable habitat for resident and migratory birds, including the cedar waxwing.

The brush rabbits have been known to dart across your path between the thickets, and the coyotes leave their mark in the form of berry-full scat on the trail.

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Forest Park Conservancy

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  3.0 from 2 votes

#18

in Forest Park

#24987

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#18

in Forest Park

#830

in Oregon

#24,987

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Hiker pets the soft thimbleberry leaves.
Aug 7, 2015 near West Haven, OR
Grasses and perennials
Aug 7, 2015 near West Haven, OR
View of Willamette River, North Portland, and sometimes the Cascade Mountains
Aug 7, 2015 near West Haven, OR

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