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Top Running Spots in and near Portland

  • Portland, Oregon

    Run Along Waterfront Park

    4.5
    Looking for a quick run along the water in the heart of Portland? Look no further. This relatively flat 2.6 mile loop runs right along the Willamette and features great views of the city’s bridges, river, the downtown skyline, and all of the fun people enjoying this urban park. From the Salmon St...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Hoyt Arboretum

    1.4 mi / 148 ft gain
    Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate visitors, Hoyt Arboretum is a 190-acre park in the forest above Portland's NW area. It's only 15 minutes from downtown! There are 12+ miles of trails to explore, my favorite is the Redwood Trail that takes you through towering redwoods a...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Hike the Wildwood Trail

    5.0
    10 mi / 450 ft gain
    Take the train to Washington Park and hike through the arboretum. This will bypass a few miles of Wildwood Trail, but you won't miss much.In the arboretum, the trail twists and turns through the trees, will smaller trails jutting off to the sides, through other groups of trees (each trail is aptl...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run Leif Erikson Drive

    4.7
    12.1 mi / 20 ft gain
    Leif Erikson Drive is a wide dirt road running through the heart of Forest Park that is closed to motorized vehicles…making it a magnet for those looking to add some relatively easy and scenic distance to their workouts.The road itself is nicely graded and well maintained. It has relatively good ...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Mount Tabor Park

    4.3
    Sitting 400 feet above the city with views of Mt. Hood and Portland doesn't sound to bad right?? Mount Tabor is located in Southeast Portland and is a once active volcano. There are 196 acres of park for you to explore. In order to photograph the best pictures of Mt. Hood I highly suggest gettin...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run Springwater Corridor Trail

    4.0
    7 mi / 50 ft gain
    Springwater Corridor is a 40-mile paved trail that stretches from downtown Portland all the way to Boring. This trail is wide, virtually flat, and yes, paved - but there is a clear manmade path on the dirt shoulders that's friendlier to knees. Any given day, you'll see dozens of cyclists and pede...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run the Saltzman Road Trail

    4.5
    6 mi / 700 ft gain
    This trail is an easy out and back from either the west or east side of Forest Park. The east trailhead is off NW Skyline Blvd, on Saltzman Road, which is a dirt/gravel road like the trail. You'll park near the gates where there aren't No Parking signs up (the land around the trail at this point ...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run the Maple Trail Loop

    5.0
    6.2 mi
    The Maple Trail loop lies in the heart of Portland’s Forest Park, at 5,100 wooded acres, it’s the largest forested natural area within city limits in the United States. It’s packed with tons of natural variety as it winds through the park’s most heavily forested canyons. You’ll be amazed at how s...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Tryon Creek Triple Bridge Loop

    3.35 mi / 479 ft gain
    Tryon Creek Triple Bridge Loop is a scenic approximately 3.5-mile loop with bridge crossings near downtown Portland. This trail is a great way to get outside, stretch your legs, and feel like you're away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  This trail is dog-friendly on-leash. If you're look...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Tryon Creek Outer Loop

    4.5
    5.12 mi / 554 ft gain
    Tryon Creek State Park has a fantastic, well-maintained trail system that’s a great alternative to Portland’s downtown Washington Park and Forest Park. It’s a super family-friendly area with a Nature Center that hosts kid’s events year-round. This entire area is relatively small and therefore eas...
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  • 11020 Southwest Denney Road, Oregon

    Run the Fanno Creek trail

    4 mi
    The parking lot marked is at the North end of the Fanno Creek trail, you can get on the paved path here and put on just about as many miles as you want! With the help of google maps on your phone you can follow trail hop all the way down to Tualatin! But if you're looking for a shorter workout yo...
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  • Beaverton, Oregon

    Hike through Tualatin Hills Nature Park

    2 mi
    This is an awesome place to escape to for a workout, or just a walk through the forest! You can make it a short walk, or turn it in to 6+ miles of loops! The one main trail is paved, but it’s not hard to find some single dirt track trails branching off and wandering through the trees, it can make...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Hike Powell Butte Nature Park

    Before officially becoming a nature park in 1987, Powell Butte was primarily known for being home to four 50-million gallon underground reservoirs. Today, the wide expanse of land is packed with miles of trails-- the perfect place for hikers, mountain bikers, and even horseback riders to get thei...
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  • 7444-7498 Southwest 160th Avenue, Oregon

    Bike the Westside Regional Trail

    8 mi
    Technically this trail stretches from the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, down through the west Beaverton/ Sexton Mountain area and can comfortably get you to Barrow’s park near Big Al’s. The trail from end to end comes in at just over 8 miles, so a down and back by bike can make for a good workout a...
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  • West Linn, Oregon

    Run Old River Road to George Rogers Park

    5.0
    4.8 mi / 100 ft gain
    Portland and its surrounding suburbs are filled with trails and hidden treasures, including this stretch along the Willamette River. This road is a super popular pedestrian path and can be accessed from West Linn, the Mary's Woods and Marylhurst Development, or from Lake Oswego off of Highway 43....
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  • Gladstone, Oregon

    Run the Clackamette Park Loop

    1.2 mi / 10 ft gain
    Clackamette Park is known for its prime destination right off of the freeway and across from Oregon City's most popular shopping area, but it's frequented for its public boat dock, RV facilities, and handicap-accessible picnic benches. While the rest of Portland's parks freeze over or flood, Clac...
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