|Do you have a favorite running or walking trail in Oregon or Southern Washington you would like to share? If so, email us. Julia’s Recommendations
Among other information, you will also find trail reviews on this page written by Julia Reisinger. Her goal is to describe a route/location, and let you know in her opinion if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. If you have a favorite running route, let her know by contacting Julia by email and she’lll give it a try.
Downtown Portland Area
These routes are used as Monday night group runs by the Nike Running Club:
Close-In SW, Portland
Duniway Trail Terwilliger, Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)
Close-In NW, Portland
Forest Park NW
Hoyt Arboretum NW
Close-In SE, Portland
Springwater Corridor SE
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge SE
Smith and Bybee Natural Wetlands Area SE
Outer Areas SE
Mary S. Young Park, West Linn
There are many modifications of this, even 5 times around for a ten-miler. There is a porta potty and a drinking fountain there. It is very walker and runner friendly, and easy on the feet. Be careful of the squirrels, though!
PilotButte Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)
Phils Trail Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)
Ruth Bascom-Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)
Amazon Trail-Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)
Pre’s Trail-Review by Julia Reissinger (.pdf)
Outer Areas NW
Banks Vernonia Trail-Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)
Outer Areas NE
There is a paved multi-use trail adjacent to the Troutdale Airport along with some shorter dirt trails that all border the Sandy River. It is about 2 miles, but a runner can extend the run to Sundial Road or even Marine Drive and return on the road next to the airport. I like this run because there is very little traffic.
The Sandy River Delta Park is nearby, off route 84 exit 18 and has various dirt trails to make as many loops as you want. There is a rest room there and plenty of parking.
These are good if you need some flat runs. Avoid them if there is an east wind! Submitted by Eileen Holzman
Trail Running in Portland (.pdf)
More trail runs via Portland Running Company
Explore Portland Runs
Portland Marathon Training Club
Run Wild Adventures Trail running based in Salem.
Eastside Esplanade, Portland
Springwater Corridor, Portland
Leif Erickson at Forest Park, Portland
Hagg Lake, OR