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Birch Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Birch Trailhead on NW 53rd Drive (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Driving I-405 north, take Exit 2B for Everett Street and Glisan Street.

After leaving the freeway, go 0.3 miles, keeping straight on NW 14th Avenue.

Turn left on Glisan Street and drive 0.7 miles, crossing NW 23rd Avenue.

Turn right on NW 24th Avenue, and proceed 0.3 miles.

At the flashing red light, turn left on NW Lovejoy Street. Head uphill for 0.2 miles to where the road bends right to become NW Cornell Road.

Follow Cornell for 1.9 miles, passing the Portland Audubon Society, and turn right on NW 53rd Drive.

Wind up 53rd for 0.8 miles and pull into the spacious pullout on the left side of the road.

Google Maps to: 1767-1899 NW 53rd Drive, Portland, OR 97210

Alternatives to Driving

There is no bus service along 53rd Drive. Instead, take Tri-met Bus #15 to its second-last stop at NW Thurman and 34th. Walk up Thurman about half a block and find the Aspen Staircase leading up to your left. Climb these 100 or so steps to Aspen Avenue. The Aspen Trailhead is to your right; go left to the end of Aspen to find the entrance to Holman Park.

Other Notes

  • DO NOT LEAVE valuables in your car.
  • Dogs on leash

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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