A beautiful, yet popular, map of trails super close to Portland’s Downtown.
Location: Amazingly enough, Tryon Creek is located 2.3 miles off the I-5 in Portland Oregon. Take the I-5 either north or south, depending on where you are located. Take exit #297 and head east. Exit 297 is also Terwilliger Blvd. Stay on Terwilliger Blvd and at the traffic circle / round-a-bout, take the 2nd exit to stay on Terwilliger Blvd. After .8 miles, the entrance to Tryon Creek is located on the Right / South side of the road. The sign is covered by trees so it may be difficult to see.
Difficulty: 1/5 – 4/5 Many trails to choose from.
Kid Friendly: Yes, my kiddies loved this hike and had a great time.
Stroller Friendly: Yes, many parts of this National Park are stroller friendly. Cedar Trail is not one of them, so don’t take this one. But many others are.
Description: Tryon Creek is an absolutely beautiful area, unbelievably located very close to downtown Portland. Also just down the road from Lewis & Clark Law School. Tryon Creek has 24 separate trails of various lengths ranging from .11 miles up to 1.99 miles. You can make any trail the length you’d like.
My recommendation would be to definitely bring a map along on the hike as there are many ways to go and a map is very helpful in this area.
Tryon Creek has a beautiful Nature Center, restrooms and water fountains close to the main building. Please be aware that the parking situation is very limited so plan accordingly (it took us 30 minutes to find a parking spot). There are 5 separate parking lots around this park. This is a very popular place but it is worth the effort to get here. It is a beautiful area, lots of fascinating trees, creeks, bridges and more. We were fortunate enough to actually see a spider spin it’s own web. We were mesmerized for a good 15 minutes watching this spider in action.
There are trails with stairs and rough hills, but there are also flat trails, paved trails, bike trails, equestrian trails and an all-abilities trail. Many of the the dead trees were filled with holes from Woodpeckers. In warm weather, the paths were easy to navigate and tread on, however if it were raining, it could be quite slippery.
Dogs are welcome, however please don’t allow your pets in the streams/rivers to protect spawning Salmon and Steelhead.