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Phone: 503-823-5185

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Below is a list of resources to help you learn more about trails in the City of Portland, and the plans and policies that helped to guide the draft of the Urban Trails Program.

SW Urban Trails Plan: This Plan supports the City’s pedestrian transportation policy which calls for the City to complete a pedestrian network that serves short trips and transit, improves the quality of the pedestrian environment, increases pedestrian safety and convenience, encourages walking, and explores a range of funding options for pedestrian improvements. 

Comprehensive Plan: The importance of trails as a piece of Portland’s transportation system is detailed in Chapter 6 of the Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, trails are mentioned in the following policies:

  • 6.22.E. Pedestrian Transportation. Develop a citywide network of pedestrian trails that increases pedestrian access for recreation and
  • 6.41.E. Southwest Transportation District. Use the Southwest Urban Trails Plan as a guide to dedicating and developing trail segments in Southwest.

Pedestrian Master Plan: The purpose of the Pedestrian Master Plan is to establish a 20-year framework for improvements that will enhance the pedestrian environment and increase opportunities to choose walking as a mode of transportation.

Trail Design Guidelines: Types A and J trail design standards are being suggested in the Urban Trails Program. Type A trails are steep, narrow, irregular routes that may include steps and obstacles such as rocks and roots. Type J trails have surface and slope for both mountain bikes and hikers.

SW Walking Map:  Go explore existing SW trails and evaluate were you would like to see a new connection! 

Zoning maps can help you to determine if your trail is in an Environmental Protection (p) or Conservation (c) zone. Find the quadrant that your proposed trail is in to figure out if any types of environmental review will be necessary before you begin construction.

Lightly on the Land is a highly recommended trail building guidebook written by members of the Student Conservation Association. 

Trail Solutions is another recommended trial building book by the International Mountain Biking Association. Even if your trail is not intended for cyclists, this book offers great guidance for building trails. 


Notification Flyer

This is an editable outline for a flyer that CINP applicants can send out to let their neighborhood know about upcoming trails

Public Meeting Flyer

This is an editable Flyer to notify neighbors of upcoming public meetings.

Unimproved ROW Q&A

Have questions about an unimproved right-of-way in your neighborhood?