Portland by foot

Take a stroll or a hike and discover how easy it is to walk around Portland.

Hiking in Forest ParkHiking in Forest Park

A small, personable downtown with half-size city blocks (200 feet vs. the standard 400-foot monsters) and plentiful public spaces make Portland an ideal city to explore on foot.

With the exception of the West Hills, home to Washington and Forest parks, and the east side’s volcanic cinder cones, which include Mt. Tabor and Rocky Butte, Portland is relatively free of steep inclines.

  • Urban explores

    Urban Explores

    Portland is the ultimate enchanted forest loosely disguised as a city. This zine highlights just a handful of the wild areas you can find right in the city, plus some nearby local attractions.

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  • Hoyt Arboretum, in Portland's Washington Park, has 12 miles of trails.

    Where to walk

    In addition to Portland’s many pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, your feet can take you to some fantastic places around town.

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  • Walking at Pioneer Courthouse Square

    Walking tours

    Portlanders love to see — and show off — their city on foot. The following tours, led by knowledgeable locals, combine entertainment, education and exercise.

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  • Observe the scenic Salmon River in the Wildwood Recreation Area.

    Spring hikes near Portland

    There’s something special about the first spring hike of the year. Enjoy wildflowers, bird watching and breathtaking scenery on these springtime rambles.

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  • Slurp handmade noodles at hip Central Eastside ramen shack Noraneko.

    See both sides of Tilikum Crossing

    Portland’s new transit bridge and the MAX Orange light rail line make it easy to explore the up-and-coming South Waterfront and Central Eastside districts.

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  • Hiking in Forest Park

    Favorite hiking spots in Portland

    Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.

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  • Hikers of all ages enjoy exploring Forest Park.

    Kid-friendly hikes

    Bring the kids to these spots with trails under four miles in length, in or close to the city and bursting with natural beauty.

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  • The Portland Aerial Tram is one of the Ts in this trek.

    4T Trail

    The 4T trail is a self-guided tour that lets you explore the city — and see some of the best views — without a car.

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  • Athletes of all ages enjoy the annual St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run.

    Portland running events

    Participate in a costumed fun run, carbo-load with endless spaghetti or qualify for the Boston Marathon in the Portland region's best running events.

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  • A group of runners on one of Forest Park's many trails.

    Running in Portland

    The city’s passion for recreational running and ample resources make it easy for visitors to join the community and break a sweat in the name of sightseeing.

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  • Autumn arrives in downtown Portland.

    Portland’s best spots for fall color

    Autumnal beauty abounds in Portland, and there are plenty of prime places to revel in leaf-crunching relaxation.

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