Walking Portland  by Becky Ohlsen

Walking Portland Guide Book

by Becky Ohlsen (Wilderness Press)
Walking Portland  by Becky Ohlsen
From a massive urban forest to the tiniest brewpub, Portland offers a huge variety of destinations within a surprisingly compact area. Organic coffee shops line the streets at the foot of an extinct volcano, and independent bookstores nestle up against food-cart pods. Already famous for its great beer, the city also has become a center for serious dining on a reasonable budget. In Walking Portland, devoted local Becky Ohlsen guides urban adventurers on 30 treks highlighting the Rose City’s many charms, from idyllic waterfront fountains to the more obscure and out-of-the-way pockets of cool. You’ll discover hidden gardens, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, old-school taverns, oddball shops, and warehouse galleries in some of the Pacific Northwest's most exciting neighborhoods. You’ll cross bridges and graveyards, wander a Smithsonian-honored boulevard, see experiments in urban renewal (some inspiring, some dubious), and be regaled with stories of the city’s colorful past.

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Trails from the "Walking Portland" Guide Book
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If you’d left Portland in the early 1990s and not heard a word about it since, you would be astounded by the changes that have since taken place along NE Alberta Street. Back then, more than half of t ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
This walk, in an out-of-the-way little pocket of Portland, gives you the option for a longer hike into the forest at the end, depending on your stamina, interest, and fitness level. During late summer ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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This is a great-wide-open, middle-of-nowhere, get-out-and-stretch-your-legs walk. Though it passes by several heavy-industry areas, with all the accompanying toxic leftovers, it also incorporates some ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 5
A little pocket of Southeast Portland cool, the Division/Clinton area has been steadily gaining ground in recent years as a food-and-nightlife destination. Slick new apartment buildings have cropped u ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3.25
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The area generally considered Downtown Portland encompasses a pretty vast stretch of territory, but for this walk we’ll stick primarily to the South Park Blocks and surrounding area—basically the city ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2
It would be crazy not to recommend a walk in Forest Park, the largest and one of the richest urban parks in the country. It’s essentially a huge wilderness right in Portland’s backyard: some 5,000 acr ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 5
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This walk starts at a lovely cemetery on top of a hill, then makes its way down the hill through various little hubs of commercial activity, most of which have sprung up fairly recently. The walk conc ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
Goose Hollow as an entity actually predates incorporated Portland by about six years. Daniel Lownsdale, who built the first house here, ran a tannery on the site that became Civic Stadium (now Jeld-We ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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When Portlanders talk about “Hawthorne,” as in the district, they’re usually thinking of a fairly small section of this major Southeast thoroughfare, from about 30th to 39th Avenues. In these few bloc ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
This is an easy, pleasant (in nice weather) waterfront loop walk that includes two of Portland’s more noteworthy, character-defining civic projects, both of which exist mainly thanks to the progressiv ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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Historic Kenton is a funky little out-of-the-way part of town that has a no-nonsense, totally unpretentious center and an interesting past. Kenton began as a company town in 1911, founded by the Swift ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 1
Anchored by a fabulous old movie theater but otherwise pretty much unrelated to that other Hollywood, this is a fun little neighborhood that could be easily overlooked if you didn’t know better. It’s ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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An amorphous area sometimes called the Eastside Industrial or Southeast Warehouse District, sometimes Produce Row, this part of town is currently among the fastest-changing. Parts of it can still legi ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
Irvington was planned, successfully, as an upper-middle-class neighborhood, with strict rules about things like yard size and the proximity of sidewalks to front doors. There was also, for a long time ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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There are enough entertaining diversions on this walk that you may well never return from it. The route starts and stops at one of Portland’s finest green spaces, the beautifully landscaped Laurelhurs ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
The actual neighborhood of Lents—named after Oliver Perry Lent, a pioneer who ran a 190-acre farm in the area in 1866—is fairly large (nearly 4 square miles), but its downtown core is barely there. Wi ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
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The Mississippi neighborhood is one of the more recently reinvigorated (or gentrified, if you must) parts of town. Walking through it still brings the excitement of discovery, and though it’s not exac ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 2
This up-and-coming little neighborhood, whose name is short for “Mt. Tabor Villa,” has come a long way in recent years. Not too long ago it was at best neglected, at worst avoided, or even considered ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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Built around an Oregon Electric Railway depot and annexed by Portland in 1950, Multnomah Village is a cute, pocket-size neighborhood just out of the way enough to be neglected by many Portlanders. It ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 1.75
This walk covers an odd little slice of Portland between the posh NW 23rd and 21st Avenues and the river, with the hard-core Industrial Northwest neighborhood to the north. It’s a funky, gritty, and n ...
Portland, OR - Walking - Trail Length: 3
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