Sumner is a mixed-use neighborhood located in northeast Portland, Oregon. There is commercial and industrial activity on the north side of the neighborhood within walking distance for residents, however, major roads and freeways in the area are heavily trafficked and the business area is not a pedestrian-friendly region. Business along the east side can be reached with sidewalks and are more accessible to pedestrians and pets.
Portland weather is moderate with cool winters that are rarely frigid and warm summers when extreme heat is also rare. Warm, mild temperatures make Portland desirable for walking, however, rain is prevalent throughout the year, although less so in the summer times. A good raincoat and umbrella will keep dog walkers dry on daily excursions. A warmer rain jacket may be required during the winter months. If your pup doesn’t like to get wet, there are doggie umbrellas and rain jackets for your furry friend available at local pet stores in adjacent neighborhoods.
The north side of Sumner contains commercial and industrial activity with residential areas to the south. The airport north of the creek is sometimes considered to be part of the Sumner neighborhood as well.
The industrial and commercial areas were designed for vehicular traffic rather than pedestrians as they lack landscaping and are not a desirable for walking with your dog. Traffic and paved parking lots with little shade and few greenways should be avoided on a daily walk with your canine companion.
Homes in the area to the south are modest in size and have landscaped yards with lawn and trees. The retail areas do not have sidewalks which require pedestrians to share the roadways with local traffic. When necessary, walk facing oncoming traffic, keep your dog leashed and on the far side of vehicles, and be vigilant for cars. Most of the area is flat and there are no steep hills in the community.
The Johnson Lake Property is located on the north side of Sumner and provides 8 acres of natural greenway space and a large lake. Two trailheads, the Johnson Lake North trailhead and the Johnson Lake West trailhead, are located in the park, providing access to trails and extending into adjacent neighborhoods. Part of the greenway trail extends to the north and the Stanley Park greenway can be reached on this trail. Another greenway runs along the east side of the interstate and allows pedestrians traveling along this freeway to have a safe green corridor for walking.
Rocky Butte Park is a short distance to the south. It is built at the site of a cylindrical cone volcano and provides over 17 acres of park with a heavily wooded area, rocky outcroppings, and hiking trails. Trails in the area have rough terrain in some places and lots of elevation changes, so be prepared for some steep climbs and beautiful views.