The Springwater Corridor forms a major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop, a multi-use trail that circles the city of Portland, some of which is incomplete. The 21.5-mile Springwater Corridor extends from SE 4th Avenue at SE Ivon Street in Portland (near the Willamette River) to the town of Boring. Most of the trail is paved except for a short segment from Hogan heading east from Regg Road to Boring. Here, equestrians and mountain bikers will find their stride. In addition, there is a gap in the trail between 13th and 19th streets in Portland, which can be bridged by an on-road segment.
Portland is renowned and envied for its parks, trails and general outdoors vibe, and the Springwater Corridor fits rights in. The trail winds along the banks of the Willamette River in downtown Portland to the rural exurbs, connecting a diversity neighborhoods, natural areas and industrial sites. It's important for both recreation and a transportation commuter corridor: the trail links bike lanes, transit, light rail, buses and other regional trails
The Springwater's history stretches back to the early 1900s, when a rail line was built to bring people, produce and timber from areas south and east of Portland into the growing metropolis. Known variously as the Portland Traction Company Line, the Cazadero Line and the Bellrose Line, the railroad finally adopted the name of the Springwater Division Line, although neither the railroad nor the trail that bears the town's name ever reached this small community.
As the automobile gained dominance, the Springwater line faded, and it finally ceased carrying passengers in 1958. Freight- and timber-hauling operations continued for three more decades, but by the 1980s derailments were common along the aging Springwater line. Portland eventually bought the railroad corridor for a multi-use trail.
From the eastern terminus, you will enjoy views of the Willamette River and downtown Portland's different business districts. Heading east, you pass through residential areas, following Johnson Creek most of the way to Gresham. Between Gresham and Boring, agriculture dominates the landscape, with beautiful views of Mt. Hood.
The Springwater Trail passes through or near several parks and refuges, including Powell Butte, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Tideman Johnson Nature Park, Beggers-Tick Wildlife Refuge and Leach Botanical Garden. Watch for red-tailed hawks, great blue herons and eagles overhead or resting in trees and in wetlands.
There are plans to extend the trail to Mt. Hood and the Pacific Crest Trail
Access to the trail is available at many locations. Refer to the Portland Parks and Recreation map
for specific details. Local access can be reached at any public street or bike trail intersecting the trail, including the I-205 Multi-Use Path
Also adding a review since the others are so out of date. Eastbound from 122nd is one of my favorite routes. Very nice, smooth asphalt the entire way. Love this trail.
Just wanted to update readers to this trail since previous reviews are outdated. The trail was repaved last summer (2010) and is much smoother East of 122nd! Finally! The bridges and all the construction are completed and there are no issues with this ...
I took this trail end to end, well, the paved portion anyway. Overall, I found the trail to be quite well done, most of the large streets crossed had lights, and the signage was decent. Paving is rough in the Portland section, though it was quite tolerable ...