Favorite Running Spots
Do you have a favorite running or walking
trail in Oregon or Southern Washington you would like to share? If so, email us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and she'lll give it a try.
Downtown Portland Area
These routes are used as Monday night group runs by the Nike Running Club:
Forest Park NW
Forest Park Running Maps
Forest Park Review by Julia (.pdf)
Hoyt Arboretum NW
Springwater Corridor SE
Springwater Corridor Review by Julia (.pdf)
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge SE
Smith and Bybee Natural Wetlands Area SE
Mary S. Young Park, West Linn
Outer Areas SE
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!
I have done 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!
Banks-Vernonia Trail Review by Julia
Outer Areas NW
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
More Portland Trails (.pdf)
Downloadable pdf guide.
Portland Running Routes and Maps
An interactive website with many routes available within the Portland area. This is a great place to start if you are new to Portland or just visiting.
Trail Factor Running
Portland Marathon Training Club
RunOregon facebook page
Run Oregon blog
(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.