Trail Running in Portland, OR
About Portland Trail Running
One of the most spectacular urban parks in the country, Forest Park has more than 5,000 acres of classic northwest forest and is located within Portland’s city limits. It is any urban trail runner’s dream. There are only a few long loop options, but the main trail runs 35 miles and is surrounded by smaller trails. Whether you want to stay closer to town and explore Balch Creek Canyon or loops around the Leif Erikson Trail, or continue to the north section of the Wildwood Trail, which is less visited, Forest Park will not disappoint.
One area in particular is evidence of Portland’s commitment to natural space preservation: the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, which was a sanitation landfill that was to become an industrial park before the City of Portland acquired it. This park not only provides views of wildlife along the route, but is also littered with wildflowers in the spring and beautiful skyline views along the way.
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You know when you have a trail run that redeems all those other trail runs that kinda stunk? Well, Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock Park is that one.
It's somewhat surprising that more Portlanders do not know about this rather exceptional urban park. Variety in terms of terrain and trail is one of this 325-acre park's greatest attributes. Anyone can find something to suit their desires at Lacamas Park.
This 5,000 acre park provides one of the best urban trail running experiences that you can find anywhere in the nation.
It's hard to believe that something this wild and lush is so close to downtown. You'll feel miles away in this truly magnificent canyon.
With 185-acres and 21-miles of really well maintained trails, the Hoyt Aboretum in Portland's Washington Park is a really great place to enjoy a post-work or weekend trail run or hike.
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Attracting runners from all over the nation, the Hagg Lake Mud Run is one of the Northwest's most popular ultras.
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