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