Favorite Running Routes and Trails
in Portland OR, Bend, Euguene, Vernonia, and More

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Julia's Recommendations

Among other information, you will also find trail reviews on this page written by Julia Reisinger. Her goal is to describe a route/location, and let you know in her opinion if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. If you have a favorite running route, let her know by contacting ORRC at orrc@orrc.net and she'lll give it a try.

Downtown Portland Area

These routes are used as Monday night group runs by the Nike Running Club:

Close-In SW, Portland

Duniway Trail, Terwilliger Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Close-In NW, Portland

Forest Park NW
Forest Park Running Maps
Forest Park Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Hoyt Arboretum NW

Rock Creek Trail Review by Julia Reisinger

Close-In SE, Portland

Springwater Corridor SE
Springwater Corridor Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge SE

Smith and Bybee Natural Wetlands Area SE

Outer Areas SE

Mary S. Young Park, West Linn

Seth Sundin's 3 Miler at Glendoveer Golf Course SE
There is a two-mile bark chip trail around Glendoveer Golf Course at NE 148 & Halsey. It is marked every quarter mile (except the half mile mark in the forest). It is not flat, but it is fun. Depart the parking area at 148/Halsey and counter clockwise to the 3/4 mile mark. Turn around and pass through the start area, then continue clockwise to the next 3/4 mile mark and return. This gives you a little flat, a slight uphill, a slight downhill, a little more flat, a good burning uphill, some flat through a forest, and once you turn around, a blitzing downhill for the finish!

There are many modifications of this, even 5 times around for a ten-miler. There is a porta potty and a drinking fountain there. It is very walker and runner friendly, and easy on the feet. Be careful of the squirrels, though!

Pilot Butte (Bend) Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Phil's Trail (Bend) Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Ruth Bascom Trail (Eugene) Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Amazon Trail (Eugene) Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Pre's Trail (Eugene) Review by Julia Reissinger (.pdf)

Outer Areas NW

Banks-Vernonia Trail Review by Julia Reisinger (.pdf)

Outer Areas NE

There is a paved multi-use trail adjacent to the Troutdale Airport along with some shorter dirt trails that all border the Sandy River.  It is about  2 miles, but a runner can  extend the run to Sundial Road or even Marine Drive and return on the road next to the airport.  I like this run because there is very little traffic.

The Sandy River Delta Park is nearby, off route 84 exit 18 and has various dirt trails to make as many loops as you want.  There is a rest room there and plenty of parking. 

These are good if you need some flat runs.  Avoid them if there is an east wind!    Submitted by Eileen Holzman

Jogging or running near Sandy, OR

Other Resources

More Portland Trails (.pdf)
Downloadable pdf guide.

Explore Portland Runs

"Volcano" Running

Trail Factor Running

Portland Marathon Training Club

ORRC facebook page

RunOregon facebook page

Run Oregon blog

Rainshadow Running
(based in northwestern Wash, but they have a few further south – these races typically sell out in days, so be on the lookout for when registrations open

Run Wild Adventures Trail running based in Salem.


Eastside Esplande, Portland

Springwater Corridor, Portland

Leif Erickson at Forest Park, Portland


Hagg Lake, OR


ORRC, 4840 SW Western Ave. #200, Beaverton, OR 97005 orrc@orrc.net