Portland is one
of the best walking and running cities in the country, especially for the
walker or runner who learns how to enjoy the rain.
are great exercise once we get used to their uphill aspect.
and forests--good to duck under when it rains especially hard.
of which are great for bicycling, too.
A population that
has a lot of avid walkers, runners and bicyclists--we needn't be alone
on the trails if we don't want to be.
find solitude, too. But those places we will have to find for ourselves,
because if they are widely publicized... Well...?)
Here are some suggestions for places
to walk or run.
on the West Side, for now.
Urban Trails Plan
Walking Map (Portland Office of Transportation and
SWTrails) shows the routes and give a lot of useful information for pedestrians
and bicyclists. Note that a new, 2005, version of this map has
just been completed. (Aug 05)
See also the maps
of SW Portland (and Forest Park) on this Website. These maps concentrate
on accuracy and completeness.
|Interesting routes to consider:
Kelly Park Loop
Sunnyside - Goldy Corridor
Marquam Hill trails
Marquam Gulch - Trail #6
Walks (five routes about the Mittleman Jewish Community Center,
6651 SW Capitol Highway (Vermont St) at SW 25th Ave.
Gorge Trails (Those which go to the top on the Oregon side.)
of popular walks.
The following maps show starting
points for many walks that many people have enjoyed.
A few of them lead to route
descriptions like those above. More of these descriptions will be
(including Forest Park) -- awaiting an appropriate index map
on the Wild Side
from Jim Thayer
former Pres. Friends of
Many routes in Forest Park and Marquam
Gulch area. Much more...flora, fauna, colorful history,
interesting facts, etc.
A few links to other Web
sites with a similar purpose:
(General information web site...has walks in Portland)
and Clark Memorial Discovery Bluff Trail (Inchoate web site)
for spectacular views of
walk (or run) up to this
beautiful gem of the Portland Parks system.
What mountains can you see from Council Crest?
Look and see!
And take a look at the
of Portland Parks
When is it dark; when
is it light?
"Back" to return
When is it cold; when
is it hot?
"Back" to return
those who need something to steady themselves as they walk.