Bridgeton is a neighborhood located along the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. The river and a nearby greenway make great walking destinations, however, there are not a lot of local shops and restaurants for residents to reach on foot. A commercial area to the south is not a highly walkable area and does not provide the kind of services that pedestrians would need to access.
Portland weather is cooperative for walking with warm summers and relatively mild winters. Summers are warm and dry, so summer months can be enjoyed by pedestrians and their pups. Winter is cooler and wet with lots of rain between November and February. A good warm rain jacket is going to be necessary if you enjoy walking your dog during these months. Usually, the temperature is above freezing and snow is uncommon, but icy conditions can occur when the temperature plunges, so be careful on slippery walkways.
Bridgton is a residential neighborhood with a variety of different types of homes. Apartments, single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums are all located in the community which is located on a narrow strip of land with the Columbia River on the north side.
Homes in the area are well landscaped and the community has lots of greenery. Some residential streets have sidewalks and some do not, requiring dog walkers and their furry friends to share the road with local traffic. Be vigilant for vehicles and keep your dog on a leash to stay safe. The community has some slight inclines, but no hills, and pets of all mobility levels can easily get around on foot.
The riverfront is a main landscape feature while the creek and ravine provide greenery on one side of the area. To the west, the junction of Interstate 5 and Route 99 bring noise and traffic, but there is a pedestrian greenway located here to allow pedestrian travel.
A greenway pedestrian trail can be accessed along the river and allows locals to navigate the freeway area to the west and along the river to Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. This greenway provides 1,000 acres and 40 miles of hiking trails to explore with your pup with plenty of lakes, marshlands, and natural flora and fauna to discover.
A short walk to the east takes dog walkers to the Children's Arboretum. This park has lots of beautiful trees, flowering shrubs, and other landscape features with an easy hiking loop on 28 acres. The walking trail here is about 1 mile and there are footbridges to cross waterways safely as necessary.
To the southwest, the Delta Park Owens Sports Complex has lots of recreational area and pedestrian trails to access sports field and facilities. These paved trails make a good place for a stroll with your canine companion.