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North Johnson Creek Trail

Beaverton

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • View of the Cedar Mill Wetlands off of the North Johnson Creek Trail.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • View of the Cedar Mill Wetlands off of the North Johnson Creek Trail.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail at the Cedar Mill Wetlands.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail at the Cedar Mill Wetlands.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail near the intersection of NW 114th Avenue.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail entrance at the intersection of SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Celeste Lane.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail between Cedar Hills Boulevard and Valeria View Drive.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • A bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) with licorice ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) in the Johnson Creek wildlife habitat.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail entrance at the intersection of Valeria View and SW Taylor Street.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • Johnson Creek on the west side of SW Valeria View Drive.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • Johnson Creek on the east side of SW Valeria View Drive.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • Johnson Creek wetlands off of SW Taylor Street in Merrit Orchard Park.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) in the Johnson Creek wetlands.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • A male and female wood duck (Aix sponsa) and a male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) in Johnson Creek. - North Johnson Creek Trail
  • View of the short stretch of trail (sidewalk) along SW Taylor Street.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail in Merrit Orchard Park.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • Fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca) in Merrit Orchard Park.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • Spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus).- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail in Merrit Orchard Park.- North Johnson Creek Trail
  • North Johnson Creek Trail footbridge and turn-around spot in Merrit Orchard Park.- North Johnson Creek Trail
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Pros: 
Natural wetland sanctuary in an urban core. Broad, kid-friendly trail.
Cons: 
Parts of hike are on sidewalks through residential subdivisions.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
140.00 ft (42.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
260.00 ft (79.25 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A beloved walking route by neighborhood locals, Beaverton's North Johnson Creek Trail is perhaps an unexpected hiking destination for others in the Portland metro area, but it serves as an excellent retreat for anyone seeking some fresh air, a dose of nature, and some exercise without having to leave the city.

The paved 8-foot wide trail starts at the intersection of NW Barnes Road and 118th Avenue (across from the Market of Choice) and meanders along the fringe of Johnson Creek for 1.7 miles uphill cutting through second-growth forest, quintessential Beaverton wetlands, and several residential neighborhoods. A perfect trail for families, the hike provides opportunities to see a well-preserved temperate Pacific Northwest forest ecosystem dominated by marshy wetlands and stands of Douglas fir, western redcedar and bigleaf maples. Johnson Creek is protected by Clean Water Services and the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District and serves as a home for a myriad of species including rough-skinned newts, American toads, wood ducks, mallards, great egrets, and the occasional great blue heron.

Route Directions

Below is a step-by-step set of directions as the North Johnson Creek Trail weaves in and out of residential neighborhoods on a designated paved trail and on sidewalks.

  • The trailhead is located just east of the intersection of NW Barnes and 118th Avenue.
  • From the trailhead, head east (up stream).
  • After 0.3 miles on trail turn left onto NW 114th Avenue and head into a residential area.
  • After 0.2 miles on the road turn right onto NW Leahy.
  • After a few hundred yards on the sidewalk turn right onto NW Cedar Hills Boulevard.
  • After 0.3 miles on the sidewalk cross over NW Cedar Hills Boulevard and continue onto the trail.
  • After 0.3 miles on trail turn left onto SW Valeria View Drive.
  • After a hundred yards on the sidewalk turn right (up hill) onto SW Taylor Street.
  • After a few hundred yards on the sidewalk, turn left and head back onto the trail leading into Merrit Orchard Park.
  • After 0.2 miles on the trail turn around at the footbridge over Johnson Creek.
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