Northwest of downtown Portland, the Tualatin Mountains are crisscrossed with old logging and service roads offering hikers unique, lesser-traveled hiking opportunities away from the often crowded lanes of Forest Park. The Burlington Loop, easily accessed off St. Helens Hwy 30, utilizes an unmaintained logging road that meanders first through second-growth forest, then skirts a 400-year old stand of Douglas fir and crosses gurgling Burlington Creek.
Start the trail at the gate on the left side of McNamee Road, descending 0.4 mile on gravel logging road to a fork. Follow soft trail for the next 1.1 miles as the path contours around the hillsides. At the southeastern extent of the loop, the trail u-turns and starts a gentle climb into older forest. After 0.25 mile you reach the 600' high point of the loop. Begin descending the other side toward Burlington Creek where an interpretive sign offers area info. Continue another 0.5 mile opposite and above the creek catching views of Mount St. Helens as you return to the earlier intersection. Turn left to return to your starting point.
-Mapped by Eli Boschetto, Bosco Mountain Photo
- Distance: 4.9
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Trailhead for Burlington Loop starts at the gate on the east side of McNamee Road.
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Fork left at this trail junction; you'll return by the right fork.
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Trail u-turns uphill. Do not descend onto quarry property by other path.
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Burlington Creek crossing and interpretive sign.
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Wander an old logging road through second-growth forest.
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Climb to a 600' high point, keeping watch for bald eagles and cascade mountain views.
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400-year old Douglas fir dominate the upper slopes of the Burlington Creek watershed.
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Mount St. Helens from the lower portion of Burlington Loop.