Explore the most popular city walk trails in Oregon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Short easy trail for a walk along the Deschutes River. Recommend early morning or evening. Can get hot, very little shade.

go early or late evening, can get warm
very little shade.

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

Not a hike, more like a casual stroll. The bridge is amazing, and there are plenty of activities around this area. However, it gets crowded and there’s a sizable homeless population that hangs around here.

walking
1 month ago

This is a significant run of stairs that connects William Otty Road on the bottom to Hilltop Court on the top in Happy Valley. It is more of a city walk than a hike, and you have to be interested in exercise over great scenic rewards. Go up full speed to really feel the burn. There is a lollipop loop at the top by walking along the street for a bit and back down a dirt path below the houses. There is a bench above the stairs to sit and take in the view until the huffy puffies subside. I'm often impressed by stairs simply because I can imagine it took a considerable amount of work to build them and to cart in the materials on a steep hillside. The stairs connect to Lenore street a few times as it winds up the south side of Mt Scott. You can park on Lenore at any of the eastward bends. There are healthy cul de sac bulbs at the turns. I wasn't sure what to call it, but I finally found an official PDF from Happy Valley showing various trails, and they appropriately labeled it "The Stairs."

Ran from Sellwood along Milwaukie to connect to the trail. On a paved off-street path the whole time. Turned around at 5 miles for 10 miles round trip. Nice alternative to the Springwater!

walking
2 months ago

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.

This is a nice loop along the Deschutes River. It’s nice and shaded for the hot summer months.

Parking lot is sketch, trail is beautiful. Baby friendly and not too busy.

This is one of those one-timer trails where you feel satisfied after visiting one time with no desire of going back especially with a dog off leash. Too close to the road for comfort. One thing that made it worth to see is to see the St John bridge up close from the ground up but that’s about it.

Been looking for a little longer hike in North Portland that is a loop and not in and back. Found this trail to be great!

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.

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

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.

Great if you want to do something active without having to go very far. Loved doing it in the fall with all of the leaves changing! Bonus points that there's a brewery only a few blocks from the park entrance for a post hike beverage!

Nice quick hike. Catches elevation quickly.
Nice views of the city from the south summit. High recommend checking out the climbing columns on the way down.

trail running
11 months ago

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

trail running
Friday, July 14, 2017

It's a nice short trail up to a city center view point located in the middle of Eugene. I like to jog the river trail with my kids and always take the 20 min or so jog to the top of Skinners Butte and back. across the street from the Butte there is a cute kids play ground as well.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

One of my favorites in the area!!

walking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

This is a nice short (1.5) mile urban walk/stroll/short hike combining wooded areas up and down Spencer Butte (elevation less than 300') and a quarter mile along the river. There is ample parking at Campbell Park (eastern trailhead) and at the Riverplay Discovery Village and Playground (western trailhead)

walking
Saturday, March 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.

trail running
Saturday, March 25, 2017

A bit crowded but beautiful views of the river.

walking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

walking
Wednesday, July 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.

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
Monday, 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
Friday, February 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
Sunday, August 09, 2015

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

walking
Wednesday, April 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
Sunday, June 23, 2013

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

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