Portland, Oregon

Running Options Near Airport: Marine Dr., Blue Lake

Marine Dr.

Airport – Marine Drive

A good option close to the airport is Marine Drive, which is a 12-mile bike path along the Columbia River. This flat route has nice views of the water on one side, and planes taking off and landing on the other! It does run along a busy road, so it’s not 100% bucolic. We prefer the ~5 miles east of the airport. The east end of the path ends near Blue Lake

STAY: Lots if hotels just east of the airport, around I-295, provide easy access to Marine Drive.

Blue Lake

If you are near the airport and want to get out a little further, Blue Lake Regional Park is a public park 10–15 minute drive west of the Airport, along the coast of the Columbia River. Its 101 acres boast bike paths, wetlands, and the titular lake, which is formed from underground springs. There is very affordable parking. Follow the bike paths for runs ranging from 3-7 miles, or even longer, if you so choose. For more information about the park, visit its website. Can combine with Marine Drive (above), which heads 5 miles west toward the Airport.

Blue Lake Info

  • Marine Drive - 6 (10k) mile loop
  • Marine Drive - many entrances

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  • Marine Drive - 6 (10k) mile loop
  • Marine Drive - many entrances