Portland by foot

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

Hiking in Forest ParkForest Park has 70 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy.

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.

  • 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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • Take a winter stroll through Irving Park in Northeast Portland.

    Winter walks in Portland

    Trade muddy trails for winter walks along the smooth, paved walkways of Portland's parks, then treat yourself to a warm mug of coffee or tea.

    Read More »
  • Oregon's famous Multnomah Falls is especially gorgeous when it's partially frozen.

    Winter hikes in and near Portland

    Oregon’s great outdoors offers excellent adventures all year-round. Here are six Portland-area paths perfect for all-weather adventures.

    Read More »
  • Find terrific reads for the whole family at whimsical Green Bean Books.

    Street Spotlight: Alberta

    Northeast Portland’s Alberta Street is best known for its colorful monthly street fair, Last Thursday, but this vibrant avenue is worth exploring any day of the month.

    Read More »
  • Portland's 12 bridges across the Willamette River offer stunning views any time of day.

    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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • A family with two small children a hike along a beautiful tree shaded stream in Forest Park.

    Kid-friendly hikes

    Bring the kids to these spots with trails under 4 miles (6 km) in length, in or close to the city and bursting with natural beauty.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • 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.

    Read More »
  • A view of downtown with its trees a fiery autumn orange with a snow capped Mt. Hood in the background.

    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.

    Read More »

Was this page helpful?

Please let us know how we can improve our site.