Maple Trail and Firelane Loop
From Saltzman Road (see earlier post) I found a nice little loop that took about an hour, perfect for just needing to get some quick exercise. It offered very little traffic except on Leif Erikson Drive. The Maple Trail was closer than I remembered, and this time I headed south on it. There was a detour at Firelane Four, so I climbed it, enjoying the more open terrain.
I saw a couple walkers on the Maple Trail, but none on the firelane. The weather turned out to be perfect. When I hite Leif Erickson Drive, I was ready for some flatter walking.
I am thankful that Forest Park has a nice collection of maps posted at major trail intersections. The parks bureau doesn’t have to do that. I suppose it saves on rescue calls!
I headed north on Leif Erikson for quite a while. Cyclists and joggers passed me. Once I re-crossed Saltzman Road, the traffic seemed to diminish. I headed to the far end of the Maple Trail, then cut back on it.
The walking was all downhill now, and I was cruising without fear of getting run over by a bike. The listening station (see above) I encountered was a first. Somebody is keeping those batteries fresh, too!
This was another nice hike, nothing earth shattering. I’m pretty sad that I haven’t had any nice epic trips this year, but it is my own doing. I am learning a lot about local hiking, and if I know anything, it’s that Portlanders are pretty lucky in that regard.
Posted on August 25, 2013, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Urban Hiking and tagged Forest Park, Leif Erickson Drive, Maple Trail, Portland hikes, Saltzman Road. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.