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Springwater Corridor Trail

  • Length:
    21 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Portland, Gresham
  • Region:
    Greater Portland
  • Attributes:
    Forest, Mountain Views, Urban Views

Trailhead Elevation: 56 ft


Get directions to the trailhead on Google Maps

In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

The Springwater Corridor is the major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop, which was inspired by the 1903 Olmsted plan of a parkway and boulevard loop to connect park sites. The eventual developed trail will be over 21 miles long.

For the most part, the trail is well separated from the public road. The route is a scenic one, encompassing wetlands, buttes, agricultural fields and pastures, residential and industrial neighborhoods. Close to Johnson Creek, one of the last free-flowing streams in Portland’s urban area, the trail criss-crosses the stream on its course to the Willamette River. The corridor connects several parks and open spaces including Tideman Johnson Nature Park, Beggars-Tick Wildlife Refuge, the I-205 Bike Path, Leach Botanical Garden, Powell Butte Nature Park and Gresham’s Main City Park.

The Springwater Corridor is a multi-use trail. The paved surface is generally 10-12 feet wide with soft shoulders. The hard-surface trail is designed to accommodate walkers, joggers, hikers, bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers.

Construction of the initial Portland segment was completed September 1996. The trail through Gresham was built in 1996 and an additional mile east of Gresham was built in 2000. With the completion of a three-mile segment from SE Ivon to SE Umatilla Streets (known as Springwater on the Willamette) in 2005, the part of the trail within Portland is nearly complete.

Seasons: All

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Photos of this Ride


  1. Nice for a city ride where you don’t have to fight the traffic. You can connect to other city bike routes. It is one of many bike projects that are making Portland a bike-friendly city. Rating: easy/beginner with smooth pavement. Rain or shine it is a nice ride.

  2. Watch out for people throwing down tacks and other tire damaging devices.

  3. Easy ride. Good for beginners, but fun as a social ride to catch up with friends along the way.

  4. I love car free pathways! Great for a conversation and getting away from it all.

  5. Nice easy ride great for kids and bike trailers.

  6. I rode the length of it and back. Needed 58 more miles to finish my ride for God of 600 miles in 27 states and Canada. (Check my website for details) It’s a nice, flat easy ride for anyone and a good place to put on miles.

  7. Will I be allowed to ride my Segway on the Springwater Trail??

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