Portland Pathways - Documents and Notes

Below is a list of resources to help you learn more about trails in the City of Portland, and the plans and policies that helped to guide the draft of the Portland Pathways Program.

Comprehensive Plan: The importance of trails as a piece of Portland’s transportation system is detailed in Chapter 6 of the Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, trails are mentioned in the following policies:

  • 6.22.E. Pedestrian Transportation. Develop a citywide network of pedestrian trails that increases pedestrian access for recreation and
  • 6.41.E. Southwest Transportation District. Use the Southwest Urban Trails Plan as a guide to dedicating and developing trail segments in Southwest.

The Pedestrian Master Plan: The purpose of the Pedestrian Master Plan is to establish a 20-year framework for improvements that will enhance the pedestrian environment and increase opportunities to choose walking as a mode of transportation. The City of Portland is currently updating the Pedestrian Master Plan to create PedPDX. 

 Zoning maps can help you to determine if your trail is in an Environmental Protection (p) or Conservation (c) zone. Find the quadrant that your proposed trail is in to figure out if any types of environmental review will be necessary before you begin construction.

SW Urban Trails Plan: This Plan supports the City’s pedestrian transportation policy which calls for the City to complete a pedestrian network that serves short trips and transit, improves the quality of the pedestrian environment, increases pedestrian safety and convenience, encourages walking, and explores a range of funding options for pedestrian improvements.

Trail Design Guidelines: Types A, C, and J trail design standards are suggested in the Urban Trails Program. Type A trails are steep, narrow, irregular routes that may include steps and obstacles such as rocks and roots. Type C trails are accessible hiking trails that have surface, slopes, and widths that meet or exceed the dimensions of theForest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines. Type J trails have surface and slope for both mountain bikes and hikers.