East Columbia is a mixed-use neighborhood located in northeast Portland, Oregon. The neighborhood has a residential section and a commercial-industrial section that is geographically separate. The industrial and commercial area does not have many businesses catering to residents and is separated from the homes in the area which impedes the walkability. A children's arboretum, golf club, and natural green space along with attractive residential sections provide good walking destinations.
Portland has a temperate climate that is amenable to on-foot travel with warm, dry summers. Severe thunderstorms are rare, although some showers occur in spring and fall. Winters are cool and rainy and dog walkers in Portland should invest in a good, warm rain jacket for daily outings with their pets. Temperatures during winter are usually above freezing and snow is rare, however, when it does occur, conditions can be icy and walkways slippery. Have good footwear and avoid icy surfaces.
East Columbia homes on the north side of the main section are well spaced on landscaped properties with lawns, gardens, and trees. There are no sidewalks in the neighborhood, so pedestrians and pets must share the road with local traffic. Keep your pup secure and watch for vehicles.
There are some inclines in the area, but no steep hills to climb and pedestrians of all ability levels should be able to get around easily. The south side of the main section has a large industrial and commercial section that is not pedestrian-friendly and an RV park is also located in the area.
Dogs are allowed on the trail, but must be kept on a leash and you should be prepared to clean up after your pet. There are also trails along the Columbia Slough and through some of the natural areas in the neighborhood. The Delta Dog Park is located a short drive to the west and provides an off-leash area for your pup to play.