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

Beautiful trail. Very easy to follow. Great hike near the city.

portland, baby

2 months ago

Lovely hike through the trees, plenty of shade, well maintained trails. Pittock Mansion is well worth visiting - you can get to the house via the road.

hiking
4 months ago

Clatsop Butte is primarily a barkdust laid path for walking and running with wide open scenery. Many people use it for their regular exercise track. In addition to the two short loops there are also two natural, forested offshoots. One of the is a designated natural area with specific rules like no dogs. The other can be accessed by walking one block through the neighborhood to the west. The latter might not be officially part of the park, but it is a nice addition to the loop walk. Parking is available along 152nd Avenue by the park or in the nearby neighborhood. I explored every trail in the area and enjoyed it. Even though there are houses lining the park, destroying any sense of remoteness, the scenery is unique and picturesque.

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
7 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.

great trail when one has a few hours to hike with the great rewards of city views when you reach Pittock mansion ( that has public bathrooms and a water fountain). Try to go when the Magnolia trees bloom for an extra nature beauty treat. thisbis my go to excersise and replenish the soul hike although if you go mid day there are lots of people so try to hit the trail early so its less 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

The trail is closed due to a landslide. It still takes you up to the mansion for amazing views! You just cannot continue from there.

walking
Wednesday, December 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.

trail running
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

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.

walking
Sunday, December 23, 2012

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

hiking
Saturday, August 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.

trail running
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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

walking
Thursday, March 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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