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Eastbank Esplanade Loop Trail

EASY 113 reviews

Eastbank Esplanade Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 111 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

paved

river

views

city walk

historic site

NOTE: Temporary closure notice from February - April 2019 from Steel Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge on the eastside of the Willamette River

hiking
1 month ago

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.

walking
2 months ago

Portland is beautiful. First time here

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

Nice to see the city!

running
8 months ago

I run this loop all of the time and love it! As of March 30 2019 the East side is open. Cool!

8 months ago

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

walking
closed
8 months ago

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.

Wed Oct 03 2018

portland, baby

Tue Jun 12 2018

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

walking
Sat Apr 28 2018

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.

Mon Jan 15 2018

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.

walking
Mon Jan 08 2018

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

walking
Fri Dec 29 2017

walking
Wed Dec 06 2017

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.

running
Sat Aug 05 2017

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

walking
Sat Mar 25 2017

Great until you cross back over to the East side. Be prepared for shorts with human feces in them, and homeless refuse everywhere.

running
Sat Mar 25 2017

A bit crowded but beautiful views of the river.

walking
Sun Sep 11 2016

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

walking
Wed Jul 27 2016

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.

Wed Jul 13 2016

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.

walking
Mon May 09 2016

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

road biking
Fri Feb 12 2016

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

walking
Sun Aug 09 2015

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

walking
Wed Apr 30 2014

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.

walking
Sun Jun 23 2013

Beautiful walk. Bikes can be a little aggressive so watch out.

walking
Sun Dec 23 2012

Go on a nice day, the walk us fun and you can't beat heading to Saturday market!

hiking
Sat Aug 25 2012

Not a bad little walk if you are in the Portland area for the day. Nice views of the Willamette and downtown PDX. We traveled clockwise, which seemed to be the direction of choice for other walkers and bikers as well. Crossing the Steel Bridge was way loud, as a cargo train was coming in and screeching to high heaven. The Hawthorne was much less eventful.

running
Wed May 30 2012

Nice easy run. Can be completed during a lunch break.

walking
Thu Mar 08 2012

The Esplanade to Waterfront Park loop is a very leisurely walk that takes you on both sides of the Willamette and across the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. It's a perfect stroll on a nice day if you have friends or family visiting. This is a heavily used bike thoroughfare, so you may want to keep a close watch on small children.

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