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Gresham-Fairview Trail Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Grant Butte wetlands, Gresham-Fairview Trail (bobcat)
Common chicory (Cichorium intybus), Gresham-Fairview Trail (bobcat)
Birdsdale Avenue crossing, MAX light rail line, Gresham-Fairview Trail (bobcat)
Powell Boulevard Overpass with Jenne Butte in the background, Gresham-Fairview Trail (bobcat)
The old electric railroad route, now the Gresham-Fairview Trail (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps


Hike Description

This flat and paved urban pathway runs along a course once occupied by the Portland Traction Company’s electric railroad. It offers a variety of scenery: backyard vegetable gardens, industrial yards, wetlands, and horse pastures. The Gresham-Fairview Trail connects with the Springwater Corridor and there are also plans to connect it with the 40-mile Loop to the north.

From the north end of the current trail, walk south along the wide corridor past backyards and vegetable plots. The trail is lined with plantings of cherry laurel, abelia, plum, and cotoneaster. Cross Holladay Street (You can go right here to connect with the Salish Ponds Hike) and pass by a thicket, on your right, of cherry laurel, Armenian blackberry, and hawthorn. Take the pushbutton crosswalk over Glisan Street and continue past private homes with small stands of Douglas-fir here and there. Before Stark Street, note a line of black locust trees to the left. After the Stark Street crossing, the trail winds a little through and industrial area and reaches Burnside, which you can negotiate at another pushbutton crossing.

Go left on a sidewalk to Birdsdale Avenue and turn right. Take the sidewalk south to cross a MAX light rail line. From here, the trail heads off to the right between cyclone fences. Pass along Trimet’s Ruby Junction Rail Operations Facility to your right: this is where MAX trains come to get rest and repairs. After the yard, willow and cottonwood-lined Fairview Creek runs to your right. The trail rises a little and crosses Division Street.

Pass along plantings of cherry and aspen and reach a gravel road bed peeling off to the right. This track is closed to the public and accesses a powerline corridor running over rehabilitated wetlands. Walk under powerlines and look right to see Grant Butte and the wetlands below it. With a pair of binoculars, you should be able to observe a variety of waterfowl as well as kingfishers and sometimes ospreys. The blackberry thickets alongside the trail host vocal and active songbirds. A staircase and then a paved path lead up to a neighborhood. The trail drops and then passes over Powell Boulevard on a new pedestrian/bike bridge. Pass a power substation and a small gravel yard before reaching some horse pastures on the left.

Reach a sign for the Springwater Corridor and continue straight on a sidewalk along West Powell Loop. Reach the Springwater and go right across Pleasant View Drive to reach the Linneman Station Trailhead, where you will find restrooms and a drinking fountain.

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  • Dogs on leash


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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine by Michael C. Houck & M.J. Cody
  • Biking Portland by Owen Wozniak
  • Best Bike Rides: Portland, Oregon by Lizann Dunegan & Ayleen Crotty
  • Off-Street Paved Bike Paths in Oregon by Rick Bronson

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