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Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Orange honeysuckle (Lonicera Ciliosa).- Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • - Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • Forest canopy of Oregon's native white oak (Quercus Garryana).- Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in the Big Pond.- Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • - Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • - Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • View looking into Lily Pond.- Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • Northern inside-out flower (Vancouveria hexandra).- Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
  • "Oak apple," which is actually a larvae nest for non-stinging gall wasps.- Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Access via MAX lightrail. Urban wildlife.
Cons: 
Heavy use. Early summer mosquitos.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Although the Tualatin Hills Nature Park is only 222 acres surrounded by suburban development, it is an exceptional example of riparian and forest restoration and preservation.  Additionally, it is the only park of its kind in the Portland area that is directly accessible via the MAX Light Rail system.  Located at the confluence of Beaverton Creek and Cedar Mill Creek, the park gives visitors a unique view into what the Beaverton/Hillsboro area may have looked like hundreds of years ago: a dynamic and richly productive low-lands marsh ecosystem.  From the trail and boardwalks, watch for unique wildflowers such as star Solomon’s seal, orange honeysuckle, Pacific starflower and the northern inside-out flower.  You'll also have a chance to see great blue herons, rough-skinned newts and numerous bullfrogs.

A couple of cautions: to make the full loop around the park you’ll have to walk down SW 170th Avenue for several hundred yards.  We recommend crossing the road to get onto the sidewalk. This can be a busy road, so be careful here and watch for traffic.  You should also expect mosquitos, especially in the summer, because the park is a healthy wetland.

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