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Walking in Portland

Information and resources for pedestrians compiled by the The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), including free guided walks, tips for staying safe, and information about how to navigate Portland streets.

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Portland is a great city for walking. Not only do we have great parks and trails by foot, we also have great neighborhoods and business districts that are fun to stroll.

Walking isn’t just for leisure, it’s also a great transportation option. Choosing walking for shorter trips will benefit your health, and recent studies show it can reduce stress and make you happier too.

Maps for walking and biking

preview of North Portland Bike and Walk bike

Explore and download free maps created by The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that highlight walking paths and community features including parks, restrooms, public art and points of interest. 

Portland Walking Maps 

Portland Walking Guide 

Learn the benefits of walking, tips for staying safe, and how to navigate Portland streets. 

Free community events

Connect with neighbors and learn about different parts of Portland through these free events.

  • Ten Toe Express - Guided group walks from May to September, with a variety of themes, challenge level, and locations.
  • Sunday Parkways - Monthly open street events from May to September, each in a different neighborhood.
  • NeighborWalks -  Guided group walks from May to October, in partnership with AARP and Oregon Walks. 

Low traffic streets for pedestrians

Neighborhood greenways are Portland's network of streets with low traffic volume and speed where pedestrians and bicyclists are given priority. With over 100 miles of neighborhood greenways, find the one nearest you and give it a try. 

Neighborhood Greenways 

Suggested walks around Portland 

The Classic - Downtown Waterfront Loop

Map of Portland waterfront showing directions for a walking loop
Tom McCall Waterfront Park was once the site of a freeway.

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. From start, 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 starting point

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

Concordia Neighborhood Greenways

Images shows map of Concordia neighborhood Greenway with a step by step route
Concordia neighborhood is home to The Kennedy School Hotel, which served as a neighborhood elementary school until 1975.

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. From start, 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 starting point

3.3 miles; flat, sections without sidewalks or curbcuts

Lents Green Ring

Image shows a map of Lents Green Ring with step by step route
Walker Stadium in Lents Park is home to the Portland Pickles baseball team.

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. From start, 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 starting point (no sidewalks between I-205 and 92nd, use shared street)

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

SW Terwilliger Trails Loop

Images shows map of SW Terwilliger Trails Loop with step by step route
SW Terwilliger Blvd was first planned as a pleasure parkway in the 1903 park plan prepared by the Olmstead Brothers. The parkway is named for James Terwilliger, who owned the land on which the parkway was built.

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: Wilson 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. From start, walk south on trail between Wilson HS and Rieke ES 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 back to starting point

2.65 miles; hills, paved trails, sections without sidewalks

SW Terwilliger Blvd was first planned as a pleasure parkway in the 1903 park plan prepared by the Olmstead Brothers. The parkway is named for James Terwilliger, who owned the land on which the parkway was built.

Portland's plan for walking investments

logo for PedPdx , text says Portland's citywide pedestrian plan

PedPDX is Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan. It prioritizes sidewalk and crossing improvements to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. Learn more about the strategies and tools it has identified to make Portland a great walking city for everyone. 

PedPDX Plan