The 4T Trail (train, tram, trolley and trail) is a perfect way to experience Portland’s eclectic terrain. This site breaks it down for you.
The City of Portland offers free Bike + Walk Maps and links to select walking routes.
Find urban hikes, wilderness walks and other adventures throughout the region at The Intertwine.
Discover urban and rural walks in Vancouver and Clark County with Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
Leave the car at home and teach your kids Safe Routes to Schools – maps centered around Portland public schools showing recommended routes, off-street paths and bike lanes.
Urban walks with stories about geology, architecture, native plants and history are in Laura O. Foster’s books, Portland Hill Walks, Portland City Walks and The Portland Stairs Book.
Walks in the region’s largest urban wilderness, Forest Park, are mapped and its natural history described in the book One City’s Wilderness by Marcy Houle.
Walking Portland by Becky Ohlsen and Walking Portland by Sybilla Avery Cook feature urban walks through neighborhoods.
Walking advocacy and resources
Oregon Walks is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, convenient, and attractive for everyone.
Every Body Walk! is a national campaign to get Americans moving, with motivational content plus an app to track your progress.
Drive Less. Save More. gives “from-the-street” pointers on walking to work, school or for errands plus vital gear and gadgets.
Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association and Evergreen State Volkssport Association link you to walking clubs and events in the region.
Map My Walk offers a free app that’s a GPS pedometer, workout tracker and calorie counter.
Sauntering not for you? Check out Racewalkers Northwest.
There’s a lot to look at out there. Don’t forget to watch for cars and bikes.
- Cross at the corner and use the crosswalk.
- Walk against traffic on roads with no sidewalks.
- Wear light- or brightly-colored clothing and reflective patches.
- Use lights at night.
- Watch for turning vehicles.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing.
- Establish eye contact with drivers and cyclists.
- Stay to the right on off-street paths shared with cyclists.
- Check the path: watch for uneven pavement, slick surfaces, curbs and ramps.