This commuter superhighway between Portland and Boring isn’t just for the spandex species. The well-groomed path also provides frequent encounters with woodland denizens like woodpeckers and galloping white-tailed deer. In fact, as the trail (a former railroad route) plays leapfrog with Johnson Creek, crossing the water more than ten times, it passes through at least three different habitats, including Powell Butte Nature Park’s high meadows and Oaks Bottom’s low-lying wetlands, where you just might see the Rose City’s official bird, the great blue heron.
ROUND TRIP: Up to 42 miles
DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN: 2 miles
PACK: Rubber to the Road; Springwater Corridor map at portlandonline.com/parks