This 2013 report includes a map and describes specific trails – planned, in progress and open.
Different from a local or neighborhood trail, a regional trail:
- is typically separated from roadways with curbs, plantings or other barriers
- crosses neighborhood lines to connect cities, parks and other trails
- can be a destination itself like the rustic Wildwood Trail in Forest Park or a corridor for commuters like the wide, paved I-205 Multiuse Path
Trail planning goes back a long way in the region: in 1904 the 40 Mile Loop was conceived to encircle Portland, linking parkways and parks. Today, nearly 30 cities and four counties are well into the process of creating hundreds of miles of connected trails – a regionwide network now called The Intertwine.
As of 2013, some 300 miles of regional trails have been built, spanning the region’s communities and natural features. That work has accelerated since 2006, when voters passed a second natural areas bond measure that makes it possible to fill in trail gaps.