Explore the most popular river 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.

Great trail, the map can be a bit confusing at times, but it the trails are all maintained, and the views are fantastic.

The western paved portion is not so hot, especially on a nice day that brings out many cyclists. One can avoid that by going out and back on the east side. Good for waterfowl in the winter, but muddy.

7 days ago

Love it . Easy but beautiful

Great hike when you're itching to go out, but don't have time to leave the city. Head on up see the famous view of Portland from Council Crest.

9 days ago

This is an exceptional option for urban hiking with some nature mixed in. Perfect for the rainy season, when the abundance of gravely and paved surfaces is much appreciated! You can easily extend this to a much longer hike by following the riverfront path to Sellwood or the South Waterfront.
The only downside (knocking this down to 4 stars) is the persistent smell of sewage on the area that parallels I-5.

Well maintained trail in the heart of PDX. I prefer early as the trail is open at 5 AM. Nice and quiet then.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike in the city.

Love this trail, perfect hiking place for a hot day.

Enjoyed this hike. Peaceful and beautiful

Nicely maintained trail. Beautiful view at the top.

Great city park. Good for trail running.

nice and well marked simple and relaxing break from the city

Really great for a city trail. Good for trail running.

one way small trails part of the way with a couple cross streets. overall wonderful with good incline!

Nice wide open asphalt path, about the width of a car. Don’t know how they get 11 miles. I started at the parking lot, went to the end of the path and back and it was about 2 miles. Maybe there are 11 miles of trail total

I was out at 6 AM, after the sun came up and did not feel quite safe with the folks who appeared to live there tucked into corners of the park

It’s a beautiful trail, and I would do it again, but not do it alone at a deserted hour.

walking
27 days ago

My window got busted open. The trail was nice but not worth $253.00

Having just made the long drive to move to Portland from LA, my dogs and I were in desperate need of some time outdoors. This trail was perfect to meet some friendly people and let my dogs get a taste of their new city. Lots of families, runners, bikers, and fellow dog owners out on this nice 80-degree day. The trail is paved and leads to a large park with tennis courts and a playground. Plenty of parking at the trailhead near the Garden Home Rec Center. Easy as it’s level throughout and very clearly defined. Will definitely be back at least once a week for some quick exercise with the pups!

There really isn’t a waterfall. It was cool to see the suspension bridge. If you’re going definitely go on the Lewis and Clark trail.

Good city hike. Wanted to stay close to city and get a good hike in, and this did the trick! The views from Pitock Mansion were great as well!

Beautiful trail. I had accidentally parked halfway along the trail, so I didn’t get to see the view but it was still great. Very heavy traffic though, if you’re an experienced walker be prepared to be constantly going around families with children running around and teens blasting music from speakers.

Nice easy trail to get out and back on.

Awesome close in trails from Portland. Beautiful scenery and not crowded during the week. Lots of little bridges and moderate inclines. Took about 1.25 hours to do this loop.

Easy hike, just be ready to be hiking in the outskirts of the city.

walking
1 month ago

good short trail for dogs and kids

hiking
1 month ago

I have taken this trail many times in different seasons. My husky loves the areas to explore. Easy trail but can get muddy during the rainy months. Summertime is great, and there is a picnicking area should you want to add a stop. The loop is well travelled and is easy to follow; additionally, there are wildlife information postings to add to the education of the area especially nice for those not having been here before.

Nice short hike.

Nice city trail walk. Westside of the trail near Sellwood bridge is blocked in places due to construction.

This was actually a REALLY great trail for someone trying to get back into hiking again! The whole first leg of Ridge Trail is a steady/decent incline. Then, when you come to the cross road, you can go left to continue and uphill trek on Ridge Trail, or go right and give your calves a break on the nice, smooth path between Ridge and Hardesty (a chunk of Northwest Leif Erikson Drive) that you share with runners, leisurely walkers and bikers. When you reach the trail marker for Hardesty, it’s all incline again until you meet up with Northwest Firelane 7 Road, which is another nice stroll before you turn back on to Ridge Trail and start your decline!

I initially thought “Dang, I must have chosen the harder direction to go!” when I turned right and did Hardesty first, but after finishing the decline back to the cross road and closing the loop, decided the difficulty level is pretty similar, and the right turn might actually be better if you’re just starting out, because you get that short break on Leif Erikson.

All together, a nice, woodsy trail in the middle of the city, a beautiful view of the St. John’s Bridge, and it looked like I was just coming in on the tail end of some beautiful wild flowers! I uploaded photos of the directions I took at each junction that kept me on the loop, because it was a little confusing, and I did have to back track a couple of times when I made the wrong turn. Thank goodness for the All Trails App and it’s glorious tracking capabilities! =D

My only negatives are the road traffic noise for the first leg of Ridge Trail (hey, city life) and the fact that it would probably be a little sketchy if it were wet/muddy. A lot of Ridge Trail is compact, super fine dirt, which I could see being REALLY slippery when it rains. Also, wear bug spray. =)

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