Walking Groups

There are several organizations that have walks and promote walking as an activity.  Here is a brief description of some walking groups with links to websites or information on how to contact them.  If you know of a group with free walks in the Portland metropolitan area, please contact info@oregonwalks.org.

Our Partners:
NeighborWalks - A collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks take place in neighborhoods around Portland. Open to all ages and abilities!

Walk With Ease - An exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease. Oregon Walks works with WWE to spread the word about this program.

All Things Walking – A wealth of information devoted to all that is to be experienced while walking, including a monthly calendar of walks, recommendations for great hikes, list of articles and books on the history of walking, links for the best walking gear, and so much more. All the work of Oregon Walks volunteer Pat!

Other walking groups:

American Volkssports Association (Oregon) - Provide walking events, bikes, occasional swims, and snowshoes every year throughout Oregon. All events are open to the public.

Columbia River Volkssport Club - Organizes quality non-competitive walking events in scenic and historic areas.

East County Wind Walkers - A Volkswalking group based in Gresham, Oregon.

Forest Park Conservancy - Free, guided hikes to help people learn more about Forest Park and all the ways they can enjoy the park. Led by knowledgeable staff and local experts.

Mazamas, Street Rambles - The Mazamas, founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland, Oregon.  Mazamas offers over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually.  A variety of classes and activities are offered for every skill and fitness level and are open to both members and non-members.

Metro Walk There - Explore historic neighborhoods and scenic natural areas with 50 downloadable treks in Portland and Vancouver from Metro's Walk There! guide book.

Portland Metro Urban Hikers Meetup Group - This meetup specializes in hikes in and around the Portland metro urban area. Most hikes will be dog friendly and accessible by bus.

Portland Ten Toe Express - A series of guided walks in Portland that is free and open to all.

Portland Walking Routes - A website with a collection of walking routes, designed to help people discover Portland.

Racewalkers Northwest - An organization dedicated to physical fitness through safe, systematic training and mental fitness through competition.  All ages and walking abilities welcome.

South Tabor Walking Group - Meet neighbors while getting a healthy dose of exercise. Plus you’ll have an opportunity to talk with a personal trainer and lifestyle/weight management coach while you walk.

Southwest Trails Group - A committee of Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. that has group walks leaving from the Hillsdale neighborhood.

Wonders of Walking - For walkers for all levels, motivations, skills and goals to come together to motivate and support each other, and have fun.

 (Photo credit: Anne Meagher)