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