- Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Challenging.)
- Length: 5.7 miles
- Elevation: 450 ft. gain
- Type: lollipop loop
- Open: all year
- Permit: n/a
- Drive time from Portland: ± 15 min.
- Google map: “Wildwood Newberry Trailhead”
- Features: Tualatin Mountains, Wildwood Trail, second and old growth forests, spring flowers
Brie walking down Firelane 12
Another one of my go-to’s when I don’t have a lot of time, but need to get my nature fix and sweat it out. This is the very end of the Wildwood Trail and much like, Wildwood Trail via Germantown Rd., this section is one of the more unpopulated areas. You’ll see people, but you won’t be standing down every other minute. I’ve been out here and seen no one. I love the end of the Wildwood Trail because there’s more old growth than in the rest of Forest Park and it’s so thick with trees you can’t see anything beyond it. In spring, trilliums and violets line the path and delicate, black-stemmed maidenhair ferns jut off of every last living surface.
From the trailhead:
It is super easy to miss the “trailhead” (more of an entry point). After turning left on Newberry Rd, start your odometer. At the 1.5 mile mark, you’ll spot a narrow gravel shoulder on the left and a sign. The trail immediately begins to switchback downward. After 1.8 miles, you’ll come across Firelane 15, which will eventually become part of the return route, but for now, proceed onto the Wildwood Trail for another 0.9 mile. When you reach the gravel BPA Road, turn left, downhill for 0.3 mile (ignore the Wildwood continuation trail), and turn left onto Firelane 12. (As you turn onto Firelane 12, you may see the “Fix the Hole” plaque that marks this turn, but it’s usually totally covered in growing things.) The road descends steeply for a half mile to the bottom of the canyon along a stream. Turn sharply left on Firelane 15 and climb steeply for 0.4 mile back up to the Wildwood Trail, turning right to head 1.8 miles back to your car.