Portland by foot

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

  • Best spots for spring flowers Admire beautiful blooms at these Portland parks and gardens. Take a peek »
  • Walking on the red bricks of Pioneer Courthouse Square.
    Walking tours The best way to see the city is on foot with real, live Portlanders. See it all »
  • 4T Trail Take a self-guided urban nature tour through the city, all without a car. Start wandering »
  • Urban explores Hike the largest urban forest in the U.S. and other natural trails in Portland. Check them out »

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.

Best places to walk

  • 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 on the red bricks of 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Forest Park

    With 70 miles of trails — all within Portland city limits — the 5,156-acre Forest Park is a popular escape for runners, equestrians and hikers alike.

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  • Round-up of parks and gardens

    Home to both a sprawling urban wilderness and the world’s smallest park, Portland offers visitors a breath of fresh air.

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  • Bridges of Portland

    The Willamette River, which divides the city into east and west sides, features a dozen distinct crossings that hint at the city’s eclectic personality.

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  • 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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Seasonal walks


Hiking in Portland


Running and fitness


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