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Firelane 15 Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View from Firelane 15 (cfm)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) on the BPA road (cfm)
Alder grove on Firelane 12 (cfm)
  • Start point: Firelane 15 Gate TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation gain: 800 Feet"Feet" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: All
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

Located at the northwest end of Forest Park, this loop hike will give you a good steep hike with a chance for some solitude. Like most hikes in this park, the route is predominately in the shade of a mature Douglas-fir forest, but the short sections along the powerline access roads provide views to the northeast. On clear days, Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, the Columbia River and Sauvie Island can been seen on this route.

Go through the green gate on Skyline Road. The road soon ducks into the forest, heading downhill with some rolling terrain. After a half mile, you will re-emerge to another viewpoint under some power pylons, and the road then takes a sharp right deeper into the woods. Soon the firelane drops steeply, and this will be the challenging part on your return trip. In another quarter mile, you will reach the Wildwood Trail junction. Go right here onto the Wildwood, and travel 1.2 miles to the BPA road. Turn left onto the BPA road - don't get back on the Wildwood - and travel about 0.3 miles under the powerlines until you come to a set of three boulders with dedication plaques at the junction of Firelane 12. Turn left onto Firelane 12, which leads down into an alder grove and crosses a seasonal creek. Turn left again at the next unmarked junction, this actually the bottom of Firelane 15, and it is a steep climb to return to your car.


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