Linnton Loop

Location: Portland, Oregon. Ancestral land of the Chinook, Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, +.

Level: moderate
Round trip/Gain: 5.2 miles/900 feet
Type: loop
Permit: n/a

This is my favorite in-town hike. It’s gorgeous, never too busy (on most parts of the trail) and challenging in spots. There are downhill pitches where I basically tip-toe.

I’ve been saying I don’t want to give route info anymore because keeping track while hiking is really boring and these write-ups don’t get much action for how much work it takes, but I love this trail so much I want to share! I don’t I don’t have exact mileage for each direction, but none of the stretches are very long. I’ve included tons of photos to help.

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At the trailhead
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This is a backwards view, but you want to turn left here onto fire lane 10.
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Just before you reach Germantown Rd. from fire lane 10
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turn right at Germantown Rd. for a tenth of a mile (or so) roadwalk to the Wildwood Trailhead on the other (south) side of the street
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Wildwood trailhead
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Turn left here onto the Waterline Trail. (It’s the second turnoff from the trailhead)
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Pass this gate and turn left onto Leif Erickson Rd.
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Leif Erickson Rd.
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Cross Germantown Rd. from the Leif Erickson trailhead to fire lane 9. This part gets really special.
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After the hellish decline, you’ll see this gate. Turn right where it forks.
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Turn left here onto Wilark, a residential street.
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If you’re starting to wonder where the fuck you’re going, you’re going the right way.
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At the very end of the culdesac, just past this jeep is a public staircase.
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Take this all the way down and then turn left back to your car.

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So many of these dark beauties on the trail today.

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Still searching for myself on sometimes impossible paths. Exercises in futility. I mean, tenacity. I mean, all of it.

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