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Trail Closures and Delays

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Be aware that rain and high water can leave trails and roads a bit of a mess with hazards like downed trees, landslides, and flooding. Portland Parks & Recreation addresses weather-related impacts as soon as resources allow.
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This page was updated on September 13, 2021

Please use caution when using trails.

Please see Portland Parks & Recreation's Inclement Weather Policy for additional closure information during extreme weather. Be aware that rain and high water can leave trails and roads a bit of a mess with hazards like downed trees, landslides, and flooding. Portland Parks & Recreation addresses weather-related impacts as soon as resources allow but may not be able to respond immediately or forecast where the next hazard will occur.

Trail issues
Contact parktrails@portlandoregon.gov to report trail hazards or failures.

Report a Trail Hazard or Failure

Tree issues
Call 503-823-TREE to report tree emergencies on public roads or City property. 

Report a Tree Emergency


Springwater Corridor 

SE Linwood Ave to SE Wichita Ave
Closure: As a result of permitted work, a section of the Springwater Corridor will be temporarily closed between SE Linwood Ave and SE Wichita Ave between 9a-3p for approximately one week in early October 2021.  Please note that this posting may be updated.

Forest Park

Hardesty Trail from Wildwood to Leif Erickson
Closure: Hardesty Trail from Wildwood to Leif Erickson Drive will be closed from September 13 -17, 2021 for bridge repairs. For your safety and of trail workers, please use other trails in the area.

Lower Macleay Trail
Closure: Lower Macleay Trail in Portland’s Forest Park will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, August 17, 2021, through the end of the year. The trail will be closed from the trailhead at NW Upshur Street and 30th up to the Stone House located at the intersection with the Wildwood Trail. Trail users are asked to use alternate routes, obey flaggers and signs, and stay out of the construction zone at all times. For a map of alternate routes around the trail closure, please visit the project webpage at portland.gov/bes/construction/balchcreek.

Environmental Services is closing the trail because of critical work currently underway to replace the Balch Creek Trash Rack in Lower Macleay Park. Crews have discovered that existing structures in the construction zone are in a more deteriorated condition than expected. To protect the public and our construction crews while they complete this complicated work, the project site needs to be closed entirely, including the portion that the Lower Macleay Trail passes through. Closing the trail is the last resort, but it is necessary to complete the project in a timely manner, protect the health and safety of the public and of our crews, and complete the work before the rainy season begins. The staircase down to the park from NW Thurman will also be closed for the duration of the project.

Newton Road 
Caution: There is a small landslide towards the bottom of Newton Road, about half a mile from the Newton Road/BPA Road Trailhead on St. Helens Road/Highway 30. The landslide is located at a creek crossing. Please use caution when using the trail in this area.

Wildwood Trail from Koenig to Cleator Trails
Closure: Wildwood Trail from mile 14.2 to 15.4 is closed to address trail conditions. Please follow the detour route on Koenig Trail, Leif Erikson, and Cleator Trail. Click here for a map of the area during the closure.

Tunnel Trailhead
Closure: Tunnel Trailhead is closed from August 23, 2021, through spring 2022 to vehicular traffic (trail is open to pedestrian traffic) due to a PBOT project to repair the critical infrastructure of the Cornell Road Tunnels.

Beginning on Monday, August 23, contractors for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will close NW Cornell Road between NW 30th and 53rd avenues for essential repairs to the Cornell Tunnels to prevent structural failure and to extend the tunnels’ lifespan. In order to complete the needed repairs as safely and efficiently as possible, NW Cornell Road will be closed to thru-traveling motor vehicles for the duration of construction. The road will remain open to pedestrians and people biking, who will be directed to use the existing paved paths that go around the tunnels. Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses located along the corridor, including the Audubon Society, Adams Community Garden, and Upper Macleay Trailhead. 

NW Cornell Road will be closed to thru traffic for all hours on all days, starting August 23, 2021, between NW 53rd and NW 30th avenues. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to NW Skyline Boulevard. Westbound traffic will be detoured from NW 23rd Avenue to West Burnside. The detour is expected to be in place for the duration of construction which is estimated to be complete in Spring 2022.
 
Please travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. This work is weather-dependent and subject to change. Additional information can be found on the NW Cornell Tunnel Project: Tunnel Rehabilitation webpage.

A map showing the NW Cornell Road detour via NW Skyline Road and West Burnside Street

Woods Memorial Natural Area

A portion of the Alice Trail at the south end of Woods Memorial Natural Area will be temporarily closed from July 15, through October 15. A footbridge over Woods Creek is being replaced. The temporary closure is from the trailhead at SW Collins Street and SW 43rd Avenue approximately 341 yards north to where the trail intersects with Woods Creek Trail.


Inclement Weather Policy

Please see Portland Parks & Recreation's Inclement Weather Policy for additional closure information during extreme weather.  

Contact

Soft Surface Trails Program

Location

Forest Park

Natural Area
Park Location or Entrance
SW Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street
Portland, OR 97219