Waterfront Park and the Eastbank Esplanade
The Waterfront Park and the Eastbank Esplanade form a 2.8-mile loop trail that rings the Willamette River in the very heart of Portland, linking two bridges and Waterfront Park with a floating walkway on the river’s eastern bank. The trail can be walked in either direction and accessed at many points; to follow the loop clockwise from downtown, walk the riverfront embankment trail north through Waterfront Park to the Steel Bridge. Cross the lower span of the bridge, a pedestrian- and cyclists-only crossing called the Steel Bridge RiverWalk.
On the east side of the Willamette, the trail heads south, dropping onto the Eastbank Esplanade, about half of which is a floating walkway (at 1,200 feet the longest in the country) and the rest a paved path along the riverbank. At the Hawthorne Bridge, climb up the stairs and cross the bridge to downtown, completing the loop.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel