Tyron Creek Loop

Portland, Oregon

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Tryon Creek State Natural Area, completely surrounded by urban development, provides a great hiking experience without the need to drive outside the Portland metro area. In fact it can be accessed via public transportation. This hike traverses low ridges and follows creeks, through lush second-growth forest as it loops around the park. Hike south from the Nature Center through the forest of bigleaf maple, western red cedar, and Douglas fir on the Old Main Trail. Quickly the route passes the junction with the Ruth Pennington Trillium and Center Trails. About 250 yards from the Nature Center, you’ll reach the junction with the Big Fir Trail to the right; continue straight ahead (south) on the Old Main Trail. Three-tenths mile into the hike is the junction with the Red Fox Trail. By the time you reach this junction you have descended nearly 100 feet. Bear left here and hike on to the south on the Red Fox Trail, descending moderately and making three switchbacks. The track continues to descend losing another 70 feet of elevation before crossing Tryon Creek on the Red Fox Bridge. Once across the bridge the tread climbs slightly to the junction with the South Creek Trail.
Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon

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by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Tryon Creek State Natural Area, completely surrounded by urban development, provides a great hiking experience without the need to drive outside the Portland metro area. In fact it can be accessed via public transportation. This hike traverses low ridges and follows creeks, through lush second-growth forest as it loops around the park.

Hike south from the Nature Center through the forest of bigleaf maple, western red cedar, and Douglas fir on the Old Main Trail. Quickly the route passes the junction with the Ruth Pennington Trillium and Center Trails. About 250 yards from the Nature Center, you’ll reach the junction with the Big Fir Trail to the right; continue straight ahead (south) on the Old Main Trail.

Three-tenths mile into the hike is the junction with the Red Fox Trail. By the time you reach this junction you have descended nearly 100 feet. Bear left here and hike on to the south on the Red Fox Trail, descending moderately and making three switchbacks. The track continues to descend losing another 70 feet of elevation before crossing Tryon Creek on the Red Fox Bridge. Once across the bridge the tread climbs slightly to the junction with the South Creek Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219; (503) 636-9886
Local Maps: Oregon State Parks Tryon Creek State Natural Area Trail Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Tyron Creek Loop

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