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Suggested walks around Portland

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Explore the sights, parks and neighborhoods of Portland through these suggested walks created by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
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Looking for inspiration for your next stroll? These suggested walking routes include the mileage, a description of the walk, turn by turn directions and a map to help take out the guesswork. You can browse them online or download PDF at the bottom of each route to print and bring with you. 

Bookmark this page and check back for new walks as they are added. 

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The Classic - Downtown Waterfront Loop Walk

2.6 miles; mostly flat with short ramps to floating walkway and Hawthorne Bridge

The Classic Downtown Waterfront Loop Walk Map

This classic downtown route along the Willamette River offers views of the city’s bridges and downtown skyline. Highlights include Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Steel and Hawthorne bridges — two of the city’s oldest — and the Eastbank Esplanade, including a floating walkway.

START/END: 

Salmon Street Springs (SW Salmon St and Naito Parkway) 
Salmon Street Springs is accessible by TriMet buses serving downtown Portland

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk north on Willamette Greenway Trail to Steel Bridge
  2. Right on lower deck of Steel Bridge to Eastside Esplanade
  3. Right on Eastside Esplanade to Hawthorne Bridge
  4. Left at first, northern-most ramp leading to Hawthorne Bridge (do not cross under bridge)
  5. Right at top of ramp, continuing west across Hawthorne Bridge
  6. Stay right at west end of Hawthorne Bridge where walkway splits following ramp to street level and Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  7. Continue north at bottom of ramp to Salmon Street Springs

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Concordia Neighborhood Greenways Walk

3.3 miles; flat, sections without sidewalks or curb cuts

Concordia Neighborhood Greenways Walk Map

This Concordia neighborhood loop spotlights Portland’s 128-miles-and-growing Neighborhood Greenway network. Neighborhood Greenways are lower traffic residential streets where people walking, and biking are given priority. We want these streets to be places where families and people of all ages and abilities feel comfortable walking, biking and rolling.

START/END: 

Fernhill Park (NE Ainsworth St and NE 37th Ave) 
Fernhill Park is served by 8-Jackson Park and 17-Holgate buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk north on NE 37th Ave to NE Holman St (no sidewalks between 19th and 20th, use shared street)
  2. Left on Holman to NE 17th Ave
  3. Left on 17th to NE Sumner St (17th jogs left at Killingsworth)
  4. Left on Sumner to NE 32nd Ave
  5. Left for one block on 32nd to NE Emerson St
  6. Right on Emerson to NE 37th Ave (Emerson jogs right at 34th)
  7. Left on 37th to Fernhill Park

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Heart of St. Johns Peninsula Walk

3.6 miles; mostly flat with sidewalks, some corners without curb cuts, paved trail, and gentle hill through Pier Park

Heart of St Johns Peninsula Walk Map

This walk from St. Johns Park to Pier Park and back showcases the heart of the St. Johns Peninsula.

 START/END: 

St. Johns Park at N Central St and N Chicago Ave
St. Johns Park accessible by 44-Mocks Crest, 75-Lombard and 16-St. Helens buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk northwesterly on N Central St to N Bruce Ave
  2. Right on Bruce to path in Pier Park
  3. Right on main path to park exit at N Seneca St
  4. Right on N St. Johns Ave at park exit to N Smith St (St. Johns Ave not signed, turn right after Pier Pool)
  5. Left on Smith to N Ida Ave
  6. Right on Ida to N Central St
  7. Left on Central to N Chicago St and St. Johns Park 

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Historic Kerns Walk

2.7 miles; flat, sidewalks, some corners without curb cuts

Historic Kerns Walk Map

See the old and the new on this walk through the historic Kerns Neighborhood.

START/END:

Oregon Park (NE 30th Ave and NE Hoyt St)
Oregon Park is accessible by 12-Sandy and 19-Glisan buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk west on Hoyt to NE Buxton St (use pedestrian crossing at 28th and take a diagonal right)
  2. Left on Buxton to NE Glisan St
  3. Right on Glisan to NE 24th Ave
  4. Right on 24th to NE Oregon St
  5. Left on Oregon to NE 19th Ave
  6. Left on 19th NE Irving St
  7. Right on Irving to NE 16th Ave
  8. Left on 16th to NE Sandy Blvd
  9. Right on Sandy to NE 14th Ave
  10. Left on 14th to NE Couch St
  11. Left on Couch to NE 22nd Ave
  12. Left on 22nd to NE Flanders St
  13. Right on Flanders to NE 24th Ave
  14. Right on 24th to NE Everett St
  15. Left on Everett to NE 26th Ave
  16. Right on 26th to NE Couch St
  17. Left on Couch to NE 30th Ave
  18. Left on 30th to NE Hoyt St and Oregon Park

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Jade District Mt. Tabor Loop Walk

4 miles; hills, paved trails, some sections without sidewalks 

Jade District Mt. Tabor Loop Walk

Experience recent improvements in the Jade District and treat yourself to some nature therapy on Water Bureau access roads through Mt. Tabor Park.

START/END: 

Portland Community College (PCC) SE Campus (SE Division St and SE 82nd Ave)
PCC SE is accessible by 2-Division and 72-Killingsworth/82nd buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk west on SE Division St to SE 60th Ave
  2. Right on 60th to SE Lincoln St
  3. Right on Lincoln to Mt. Tabor Park
  4. Left at end of street into park (follow main road as it curves right)
  5. Stay left/uphill at first fork in road
  6. Stay right/downhill at second fork to park exit (continue straight on SE 69th Ave to SE Yamhill St)
  7. Right on Yamhill to SE 71st Ave
  8. Right on 71st to SE Taylor St
  9. Left on Taylor to SE 72nd Ave
  10. Right on 72nd to SE Mill St
  11. Left on Mill to SE 76th Ave
  12. Left on 76th to SE Market St
  13. Right on Market to SE 80th Ave
  14. Right 80th to SE Mill St
  15. Left on Mill to SE 82nd Ave
  16. Right on 82nd to SE Division St

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Lents Green Ring Walk

3.3 miles; mostly flat with some short hills, narrow sidewalks with some obstructions, sections without sidewalks or curb cuts

Lents Green Ring Walk Map

Walk the streets, Neighborhood Greenways and paved trails that make up the Lents Green Ring. The Lents Green Ring is a project of Green Lents to create a route for people walking and biking through the heart of the Lents neighborhood. Learn more at greenlents.org.

START/END: 

Lents Park (SE 92nd Ave and SE Steele St) 
Lents Park is served by MAX Green Line, 10-Harold and 14-Hawthorne buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk west on SE Steele St to SE 87th Ave
  2. Left on 87th to SE Flavel St (87th jogs left at Ellis, right at Woodstock, and Duke)
  3. Left on Flavel to Springwater Corridor Trail
  4. Left on Springwater Corridor Trail to SE 101st St (continue under I-205, look for trail markers for Mile Post 10 and SE 101st Ave)
  5. Left on 101st to SE Steele St
  6. Left on Steele to SE 96th Ave (Steele jogs right at 100th)
  7. Continue to ramp or stairs leading to pedestrian bridge
  8. Cross pedestrian bridge over I-205 and return to street level by ramp or stairs
  9. Continue on Steele to SE 92nd Ave and Lents Park (no sidewalks between I-205 and 92nd, use shared street)

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


NW Stairs and Trails Loop Walk 

3.3 miles; hills, stairs and unpaved trails

NW Stairs and Trails Loop Walk

Challenge yourself with some elevation as you make your way up the hills and stairs of NW Portland to the trails of Forest Park.

START/END:
Wallace Park (NW Pettygrove St and NW 26th Ave)
Wallace Park is accessible by Portland Streetcar and 15-Belmont/NW 23rd bus

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk south on NW 26th Ave to NW Marshall St
  2. Right on Marshall to stairs. Climb stairs to NW Cornell Rd
  3. Left on Cornell to NW Lovejoy St
  4. Right on Lovejoy to stairs. Climb stairs to NW Summit Ave
  5. Right on Summit to stairs (stairs on right at bend in road). Down stairs to NW Cornell Rd
  6. Left on Cornell to stairs (stairs on right at bend in road). Down stairs to path at NW 29th Ave
  7. Right at NW 29th path. Stay on 29th to NW Thurman St
  8. Left on Thurman to stairs to Lower Macleay Park (stairs on right side at start of bridge)
  9. Left on Lower Macleay Trail to Wildwood Trail (watch for Wildwood Trail sign at stone house)
  10. Right on Wildwood Trail to Holman Lane trail (watch for sign)
  11. Right on Holman Lane trail to NW Aspen Ave
  12. Left on Aspen to stairs (stairs on right past 1836 NW Aspen Ave). Down stairs to NW Thurman St
  13. Right on Thurman to NW 26th Ave
  14. Right on 26th to Wallace Park to start 

 Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Parks of Cully Walk

3.2 miles; flat, some sections without sidewalks, paved and unpaved trails

Parks of Cully Walk Map

This triple loop walk through the heart of the Cully Neighborhood showcases the Alberta Neighborhood Greenway, two new Portland parks and some recent street improvements. Be sure to explore the Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park and the Rigler Elementary School Arboretum.

START/END:

Rigler Elementary School (NE 55th Ave and NE Going St)
Rigler School is accessible by 24-Fremont and 71-60th Ave buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk west through Rigler School grounds and Arboretum to NE 52nd Ave
  2. Right on 52nd to NE Alberta St
  3. Right on Alberta to NE Cully Blvd
  4. Left on Cully to NE Killingsworth St
  5. Right on Killingsworth to NE Portland Hwy
  6. Right on Portland Hwy to NE 72nd Ave
  7. Left on 72nd to Thomas Cully Park
  8. Right on first trail into park (stay right on small loop or explore longer loop through park)
  9. Left on 72nd to NE Alberta St
  10. Right on Alberta to NE Cully Blvd
  11. Left on Cully to NE Going St
  12. Right on Going to Rigler School

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Reed College Mid-Century Modern Homes Walk

3.3 miles; some gentle hills, sections without sidewalks, paved trail

Reed College Mid-Century Modern Homes Walk Map

This walk takes you through the heart of Eastmoreland, loops around Reed College campus, and shows off one of Portland’s largest groupings of mid-century modern homes.

START/END:

SE Reed College Place and SE Claybourne St
Reed College accessible by MAX Orange Line, 10-Harold and 19-Woodstock buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk north on Reed College Pl to SE Woodstock Blvd
  2. Right on Woodstock to SE 41st Ave
  3. Left on 41st to SE Steele St
  4. Left on Steele to SE 36th Ave
  5. Right on 36th to SE Raymond St
  6. Left on Raymond to SE 35th Ave
  7. Left on 35th to SE Steele St
  8. Right on Steele to SE 28th Ave
  9. Left on 28th to SE Woodstock Blvd
  10. Left on Woodstock to SE 32nd Ave
  11. Right on 32nd to SE Claybourne St
  12. Right on Claybourne to SE Reed College Place

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


South by Southwest Parks Loop Walk

3.3 miles; hills, stairs, paved and unpaved trails, sections without sidewalks

South by Southwest Parks Loop Walk

Visit three diverse parks as you make your way from the Hillsdale area to Portland’s new Sixth Sextant and back. Expect a lot of climbing on this walk.

*Note: street signs in South Portland may still say “SW”.

START/END:

George Himes Park (SW Nebraska St and SW Terwilliger Blvd)
George Himes Park is accessible by 12-Barbur and 94-Pacific Hwy buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk east on path marked SW Trails 3 into park
  2. Follow SW Trails 3 signs through Park to South Corbett Ave (stay right where trail forks down wooden steps, cross under two overpasses)
  3. Right on Corbett to South Carolina St
  4. Left on Carolina to South Virginia Ave
  5. Right on Virginia to South Nebraska St
  6. Left on Nebraska to Willamette Park and Willamette Greenway Trail (use pedestrian crossing at South Macadam Ave)
  7. Enter Willamette Park to Willamette Greenway Trail
  8. Right on trail to South Miles Place
  9. Right on South Miles St to South Taylors Ferry Rd (use pedestrian crossings at South Macadam Ave)
  10. Left on Taylors Ferry to South LaView Dr
  11. Right on LaView to stairs marked SW Trails 4
  12. Climb 101 stairs to South Custer St
  13. Stay on Custer to SW Brier Place
  14. Right on Brier to SW Miles St
  15. Left on Miles to Fulton Park
  16. Right on gravel road through Fulton Park (Metro Home Composting Demonstration Center and Community Garden)
  17. Right on SW 3rd Ave to SW Barbur Blvd (first right on gravel road)
  18. Cross Barbur at pedestrian crossing to elevated sidewalk
  19. Left on elevated sidewalk to stairs leading to SW 5th Ave (can alternately stay on road, use caution around bend)
  20. Climb stairs to SW 5th Ave
  21. Left on 5th to SW Chestnut St
  22. Left on Chestnut to SW Terwilliger Blvd and Terwilliger Trail
  23. Right on Terwilliger Trail to George Himes Park

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


SW Terwilliger Trails Loop

2.65 miles; hills, paved trails, sections without sidewalks

SW Terwilliger Trails Loop Map

This walk starting from the Hillsdale neighborhood is inspired by SW Trail 6 and spotlights the Terwilliger walkway and a Neighborhood Greenway. Learn more about the trails of SW Portland at swtrails.org.

START/END: 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School/Hillsdale food carts (SW Capitol Hwy and Sunset Blvd)
Hillsdale is served by 44-Capitol Hwy, 45-Garden Home and 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk south on trail between Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School and Rieke Elementary School to SW Vermont St (marked SW Trails 3 and 6)
  2. Left on Vermont to SW 10th Ave where Vermont becomes SW Chestnut St
  3. Continue on Chestnut to SW Terwilliger Blvd (use pedestrian crossing)
  4. Left on Terwilliger to SW Capitol Hwy
  5. Cross Capitol Hwy, continuing on Terwilliger walkway to SW Westwood Dr (across from Chart House restaurant)
  6. Left on Westwood to SW Cheltenham Ct (no sidewalks until Sunset Blvd, use shared street)
  7. Left on Cheltenham Ct to SW Dewitt St
  8. Right on Dewitt to SW Sunset Blvd
  9. Left on Sunset Blvd to Capitol Hwy and Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.


Three East Portland Parks Walk

2.2 miles; flat, some sections without sidewalks, paved and unpaved trails

Three East Portland Parks Walk Map

This walk takes you along quiet residential streets and through three small parks in the East Portland neighborhood of Parkrose Heights. As a bonus, you’ll be offered views of Mount St. Helens on a clear day.

START/END:

Knott Park (NE Russell St and NE 112th Ave)
Knott Park is accessible by 77-Broadway/Halsey, 73-122nd Ave and 22-Parkrose buses

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Walk east on paved trail between baseball diamonds, through park to NE 117th Ave
  2. Right on 117th to NE Thompson St
  3. Left on Thompson to east end of Merrifield Park
  4. Right on unpaved trail through park to NE Eugene St
  5. Left on Eugene to NE 121st Ave
  6. Right on 121st to NE San Rafael St
  7. Left on San Rafael to NE 128th Ave (use pedestrian signal at 122nd)
  8. Left on 128th to John Ludy Park
  9. Choose any paved trail through park to NE Brazee St
  10. Left on Brazee to NE 127th Ave
  11. Right on 127th to NE Russell St
  12. Left on Russell to NE 117th Ave (use pedestrian signal at 122nd)
  13. Left on 117th to Knott Park
  14. Right on paved trail through Knott Park to start

Click below for a printable PDF version of the map.