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Eastbank Esplanade Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 111 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Road biking Walking Bird watching Running Paved River Views City walk Historic site
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A popular paved trail with great views of the city and bridge. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least eight feet wide. The trail is mostly flat but there are some areas where the estimated grade is over 5% where wheelchair or stroller users may need assistance.

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Texas Ranger
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Hiking

Lots of shit and heroin needles but cool

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Jonny G
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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Good place

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rebecca bamikolr
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it is a nice trail with great views of the city and the bridges. there was a good number of people on the trail as well as those on bikes. I went on a Thursday at 3:30pm. I imagine the weekend will be more crowded during the day.

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Spencer Boyle
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Running

Excellent mid-length run. If you finish at Burnside you can close out with a nice stair run. Only bug was a minor slowdown due to bike congestion at the North crossing, but it’s a great vista and worth taking a breath on.

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Danlei Z
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PhLo M
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Hiking

Great day for a walk. Not crowded. First day without rain in a while. Love this loop. One of my most regular walks. Included some wandering in town this time.

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Lori Adams
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Hiking

It’s good for morning exercise but I felt in the way of bike commuters, homeless encampments, and not a fan of breathing exhaust. I did get a couple nice pics of the sunrise though. It would be better to seek out one of the park trails instead.

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Carlos A
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Walking

Portland is beautiful. First time here

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Brock Hill
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Hiking

Easy hard surface trail along the Willamette River with two pedestrian bridge crossings. Busy river and trail with beautiful views of the water and downtown Portland. Negative was makeshift homeless shelters and occasional overflowing trash can along the path. Portland Saturday Market with local crafts was an added plus to our trail experience.

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Chris Tirro
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Hiking

Portland what a beautiful city!! We spent the majority of our trip driving to find amazing hikes and trails! Who would of though you could walk out the hotel door to an amazing sunrise/set along the waterfront! Great run and great weather!! Thank you!

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Sierra Cavanaugh
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Hiking

Nice to see the city!

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Jayde Herriford
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The path is closed from Hawthorne to Steel bridge until at least April 1st

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PhLo M
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Most of the Eastside Esplanade is closed for construction until April, so I wasn't able to complete the loop. But I had every intention to go to Chipotle for dinner anyway, so it wasn't a total loss. Nice weather. Not crowded because of the closure. Can still walk across the Hawthorne Bridge on the south side of the loop. I don't think the downtown side waterfront is closed at all.

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K Stephenson
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portland, baby

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Tatiana Hoover
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All concrete, nice city views but not very pretty along the trail itself. East side very noisy from freeway traffic

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PhLo M
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Walking

One of my favorite places to walk nearby when I don't feel like planning a hike. Crowded, but that's not a problem. It makes it interesting. Not very good for bikers though with all the walkers to dodge.

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Kathy Lopez
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Easy walk to take the dog on and I love people watching on the waterfront but there's much better places in the area to go to.

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Jessica Jacobson
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Walking

Great trail for a workday workout. Great city views. Loud on Eastside but that wS expected

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Lisa Daly
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Walking

Nice walk along the river. TRAFFIC IS SO LOUD ON THE SE SIDE! Parking costs $1 per hour, cash or card, park at the Vera Katz SE Esplanade on SE Water and Hawthorne. You could extend your walk down to OMSI on the SE side and go over the Tillicum Bridge. But the walk from Tillicum to Hawthorne on the west side isn’t that great.

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Ann Margaret Kline
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Running

It's a concrete path but refreshing breeze lots of smiling bikers and runners.

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Amy Haman
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Running

A bit crowded but beautiful views of the river.

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Robert Schaeffer
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Walking

Enjoyed the walk with good view, farmers market under burnside bridge, festival at Hawthorne bridge and row boat races.

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Dion Blake
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Walking

Great Walk along the river in the downtown area. You can follow this up with a walk up to the zoo or OHSU you to ride the sky tram to grab a different perspective view of the city. I meander along the trail and others within forest park often. A beautiful stop is always the rose gardens that overlook the city a nice spot to relax and literally smell the roses. Grab a fresh coffee and a water go explore.

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Shianne Rosenberg
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I really enjoy doing this loop and further. There is a lot of walking traffic though but it's never too much only if there's an event going on. There's a lot of homeless people out and smells going on but it's a great solid loop.

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Rachel Paxton
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Walking

Our local walking & running loop. The east side of the river is a great place to take photos of the city :)

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Yvonne Kaz
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Road biking

Great fun on a bike! Add on Springwater trail for nice long ride from country to city Nice walk too but better for cycling:)

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Ms. Erin Rose Lãtta
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Walking

Too many bicyclists...who are rude and do not signal to them that they are coming.

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Arrielle Arrayan
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Walking

Spectacular view of downtown portland. Great for a jog or bike riding as well. The loop is a go to for a last minute bike ride outing for my boyfriend and I.

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