Time for Adventure – Trail Style

The weather is getting warmer, the days are longer, and it’s time to get out and explore.  Living on the westside of the Portland metro area you will find that you have plenty of opportunities to do just that without having to venture too far thanks to all of the local trails.  Each Monday in April I will be highlighting some of the different trails in the area as part of my hot spot of the week feature.

Today I am sharing Rock Creek Trail with you.  The trail is approximately 3.5 miles long with an additional 1.5 miles that will take you from Rock Creek Park into the City of Hillsboro.  The trail gets it’s name for a tributary off of the Tualitan River that heads towards the Tualitan Mountains to the North, and intersects with the trail west of Bethany Lake Park.

The trail goes from east to west along the Springville Creek Power Corridor.  This corridor extends from Rock Creek Blvd toward the Washington County/Multnomah County lines.  As you travel the trail you will be greeted with beautiful views of forests, wetlands, and meadows.  You will also find parks along your route where you can take a rest or let the kids play.  The trail is a popular destination for those who love to bike, run and enjoy wildlife.

In addition the trail connects to Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus as well as intersecting with the Waterhouse Trail.

If you follow the trail to the far west end you will find the Rock Creek Power Line Soccer Fields, as well as Bethany Lake Park off of 185th which has plenty of parking.  The lake is stocked with trout and you are more than welcome to fish there so long as you have a valid fishing license from Oregon Fish and Wildlife.

As you travel east along the trail you will find one of the Tualitan Hills Parks and Recreations more popular parks, Bethany Meadows Park aka Pirate Park.  It’s known for its ship shaped play structure, climbing features, sand pit and tower.  So much fun for the kids.

Finally venture to the far east end of the trail to visit Kaiser Woods Natural Area where you will be able to see wildflowers in the spring, and listen to song birds all year long.

Click here for more information on Rock Creek Trail.