Walking and Running

Marquam Hill nature trail

Plan a trip

OHSU is connected by unique and scenic paths. Google Maps provides turn-by-turn walking directions, including elevation. City of Portland provides walking maps of by neighborhood.


If you walk to OHSU for work or school, you can earn cash incentive for eligible trips to campus on MyCommute .

Showers and locker rooms

Facilities (locker room, showers, towel service, etc.) may be available with a permit at Student Center on Marquam Hill.

At South Waterfront, the following buildings have a limited number of showers and locker rooms

  • Knight Cancer Research Building (tenant restrictions)
  • Robertson Life Sciences Building 
  • Rood Family Pavilion (tenant restrictions)

Apply here for a South Waterfront facility.

Walking early or late

Paths may pass through poorly lit areas. Bring a light source and never assume a person in a vehicle can see you. Consider walking with a friend.

For emergencies, call 911 if you're not on campus. If you are on an OHSU campus, call Public Safety at 503-494-4444 or use one of the blue emergency phones located around campus.

Hiking resources

Portland offers renowned urban and forest hikes. OHSU campuses are adjacent to several nature parks and greenways.

The 4T Trail signs around town are referring to a local favorite hiking route that incorporates the 4 "T's" of Portland: Trail, Tram, Trolley and Train.

Oregon Metro's 4T Route Map & Brochure

Marquam Hill is most easily accessed via Terwilliger Boulevard. Sam Jackson Park Road lacks a sidewalk or shoulder and is not accessible by foot. Several forest trails connect to Marquam Hill from Lair Hill, Council Crest Trail and the Marquam Nature Park. Marquam Hill can also be accessed by walking to the Tram at South Waterfront.

South Waterfront is accessible from the north via Moody Ave, from Lair Hill via Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge, and from the south via the Willamette Waterfront Path. Hawthorne Bridge, Sellwood Bridge and Tilikum Crossing are walkable bridges.

SW Portland trails sign