Tryon Creek State Park

Portland, Oregon 97281

Tryon Creek State Park

Tryon Creek State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Tryon Creek State Park is one of the more well-known outdoor spots in Portland. The 658-acre natural area is Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area. Thanks in large part to Friends of Tryon Creek, there are a number of attractions and activities that make the park one of the city’s more popular destinations, including 8 miles of hiking trails, 3.5 miles of horse trails, 3 miles of paved bike paths, and a nature center.

The park also offers guided hikes, summer day camps, junior ranger programs, and a litany of special events. A 2.1-mile loop around the grounds is a great way to get a feel for what the park has to offer."

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"While Forest Park is often touted as Portland’s premiere nature park, Tryon Creek is my choice. Lacking the brigades of zooming mountain bikes, trail runners, and roving dogs that often descend upon the at times monotonous terrain of Forest Park, Tryon Creek is peaceful, varied, and graced with a family-friendly trail system that allows for multiple loop options. And it’s all centered on a pretty little creek that meanders through an emerald ravine in a 670-acre park right within the city limits."

"Hidden amid the busy streets and housing complexes of Portland and Lake Oswego, Tryon Creek State Park is a wilderness treasure. The park’s 645 acres protect a forested canyon, a lovely urban stream, and crucial habitat for a wide range of wildlife. All of this provides an amazingly wild hiking experience just a few minutes from downtown Portland. Although these low-elevation trails are open all year, the best time to visit is the first two weeks of April when the forest floor is brightened by thousands of trillium, a lovely white-blooming lily that is the symbol of this urban preserve.

A complex network of trails winds through the park, making possible hundreds of imaginative loops. With so many trails and junctions it is easy to become confused, but it really does not matter where you go, because every trail is attractive and worth exploring. Although some trails are gravel and others travel over boardwalks, most paths have no such amenities. Expect plenty of mud during western Oregon’s seemingly endless rainy season."

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Trail Information

Portland
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
0.5-3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
City of Portland, Parks & Recreation, (503) 823-6007; portlandoregon.gov/parks/
Local Contacts
Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 106 F4
Local Maps

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Oct 2018