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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
Close-In NW, Portland
Close-In SE, Portland
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!
Outer Areas NW
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
Eastside Esplanade, Portland
Springwater Corridor, Portland
Leif Erickson at Forest Park, Portland
Hagg Lake, OR