Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade

Oregon

Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade Facts

States: Oregon
Counties: Multnomah
Length: 1.7 miles
Trail end points: Steel Bridge just west of NE Lloyd Blvd. and SE Caruthers St. just south of the Marquam Bridge
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7430787
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade Description

The Eastbank Esplanade traces Portland's Willamette River from the Steel Bridge on the north end to SE Caruthers Street on the south end. The trail is named for former Portland mayor Vera Katz, who supported the construction of the esplanade. Although the trail is less than 2 miles, it offers views of the river, downtown and public art.

Several bridges along the way allow you to reach the west side of the river, including the spectacular Tilikum Crossing, an architectural marvel. On the other side of the Willamette, you can take the Waterfront Bike Path for a pleasant loop.

For a longer ride, you can connect to the Springwater Corridor, a member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, located off Ivon Street, about 3 blocks south of the esplanade's southern end.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking lots and ample on-street parking are accessible from SE Water Avenue at the south end of the trail, near the Hawthorne Bridge ramp.

Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade Reviews

lovely loop for daytime running or walking. wouldn't recommend for evening or early morning due to some unlit areas under bridges and in alcoves.

I love walking the esplanade during my lunch on sunny days. It has great views of the river and the city and can be just about as long as you want depending on which bridges you cross over. The only downside is that some of the cyclists take the trail way too fast for how crowded the path can get and that makes it a bit on the hazardous side if you're not really paying attention.

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