About the Trolley Trail:
Amenities: Walking Trail, Restrooms, Parking
This 4.5-mile trail is a community treasure waiting for you to explore on foot or on your bike! It’s a multi-use paved and gravel trail.
The Trolley Trail is the name of the old Portland Traction Company streetcar line right-of-way that stretches between the cities of Milwaukie and Gladstone. North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and Metro purchased the right-of-way in 2001 to be developed into a regional multi-use trail using a voter-approved bond measure designed to protect nature and help people enjoy it. The Trolley Trail has been flagged in the region’s long-term plans since the early 1970s. Over the years, community groups and residents have rallied to bring it to life.
The six-mile Trolley Trail connects neighborhoods, schools, parks, retirement communities and business districts between Milwaukie and Gladstone and completes a missing link in Metro’s regional trail system. This bike and pedestrian trail follows the historic streetcar right-of-way that ran in the area from 1893 until 1968.
The idea of developing a trail within this historic right-of-way has been a dream in the community for decades. The trail now connects with existing bike lanes in Milwaukie and Gladstone to complete an essential link in Metro’s regional trails system. Ultimately, the trail will be part of a continuous 20-mile loop connecting Portland, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City and Gresham.
In October, 2020, a bike repair station was installed along the Trolley Trail in downtown Oak Grove. The repair station includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance. Screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and box wrenches are provided so that cyclists can change a flat tire, adjust brakes and put air in tires. Learn more about the public-private partnership that made this project possible, here.
In February of 2023, NCPRD contracted with Alta Planning + Design to develop a safety audit for the Trolley Trail. The goal of this project was to evaluate the safety of the Trolley Trail from the south end of SE Washington Street at Milwaukie Bay Park in Milwaukie to Glen Echo Avenue in Gladstone. They looked at trail conditions and user experience. The report provides key takeaways or observations of safety issues as well as a toolkit of best practices and potential safety improvement options to respond to specific safety issues. Click here to view the Trolley Trail Safety Audit Summary.