Newton/BPA/Wildwood Cheat Sheet
Hiking Distance: 4.3 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1024′
Trail Type: Loop
Kid-Friendly: No (strenuous)
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
Parking Fee: None
Features: Wildlife, Streams, Views
Distance from Burnside Bridge: 10 Miles
The north end of Forest Park tends to be a little less crowded than the south end. I hiked this loop starting at 8:00 a.m. on a holiday weekend and only ran into 4 other people, which is pretty light traffic for Forest Park.
The solitude is slightly disrupted by the sounds of airplanes and ship horns, but that can be hard to get away from when so close to the city and the river. The second half of this hike will take you a little deeper into the park and is a bit quieter which is why I suggest following the loop in the direction that I do.
BPA road gains some serious elevation for about a full mile, but rewards you with stellar views of the Willamette River that make the climb totally worth it. You’ll have lots to look at while catching your breath.
I hiked this trail in the summer, but noticed a few spots that could cause some very wet feet during the rainy season. Wear waterproof shoes if the weather calls for it.
Trail Directions: Start at the northern gate of the Newton Rd parking lot. Follow Newton Rd for about 1.7 miles to BPA Rd. Turn left up BPA Rd. Follow for about 0.9 miles until you reach Firelane 13. Turn left to stay on BPA road. Follow for about 0.6 miles until you reach Wildwood Trail. Turn left on Wildwood Trail. Follow for 1.15 miles until you reach Newton Rd. Turn right on Newton Rd to head back to the parking lot.
Notes for getting there: Starting downtown, drive NW on Skyline Blvd. At the intersection of Skyline & Cornell, reset your odometer. Once you’ve reached 5.1 miles past that intersection, you’ll reach Newton Rd. Turn right on Newton Rd and follow it 0.3 miles down to the parking lot. Newton Rd is a single lane. Drive slowly and watch for oncoming cars. Here are the GPS coordinates for the Newton Rd parking lot.