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Fanno Creek Beaverton Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Boardwalk on the new (2012) section of the Fanno Creek Greenway (bobcat)
Jewel weed (Impatiens capensis), Fanno Creek Greenway (bobcat)
Augustus Fanno Farmhouse near Fanno Creek, Beaverton (bobcat)
Fanno Creek, running low in the summer (bobcat)
Western spiraea (Spiraea douglasii), Fanno Creek Greenway (bobcat)
The Fanno Creek Greenway as it runs through Beaverton (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: Garden Home TrailheadRoad.JPG or
  • Start point: Denney Road TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Scholls Ferry Road
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: In and Out
  • Distance: 8.5 miles but can easily be done in shorter segments
  • Elevation gain: 125 feet
  • High Point: 315 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: On weekends and after work

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Description

The Fanno Creek Trail is a suburban walking/jogging/cycling greenway that currently runs through Beaverton and Tigard. Some of the route is on city sidewalks. Plans are to extend the trail from the Tualatin to the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The total length of the current trail is 8.3 miles one-way including the short extension beyond the Tigard Library. Most people do only parts of this trail, which runs through several parks in each city. The description below divides the Beaverton section of the trail into two parts.

1. Garden Home Recreation Center to Denney Road

Distance: 4.9 miles round-trip

From the Garden Home Trailhead, take the paved trail from the north end of the parking lots. To your right is a cutting that once was the route of the old Oregon Electric Railroad. The trail leads into a shady cedar grove. The Portland Golf Club soon shows itself behind high fences on the right, and there are small meadows and wetlands. Interpretive signs detail the history of the railroad. Pass the newly constructed 86th Avenue Pump Station complex, and then cross SW 86th. Soon cross Fanno Creek itself: you can look down to see the rotting pilings that supported the old railroad bridge here. Enter a tunnel of green dominated by hazel; in the winter, look up into the bare branches and see numerous squirrel nests. Pass Vista Brook Park, which has a small loop trail, pond and a line of cottonwoods that glow bright yellow in the fall. Cross SW 90th and come to SW 92nd. Here, go right and join the sidewalk on Allen Boulevard for a block. Pass in front of Burgerville and cross Scholls Ferry and then Allen Boulevard at a busy intersection.

Pick up a trail across the intersection which begins the new section of the Fanno Creek Greenway, opened in the summer of 2012. This one-block section along Scholls Ferry Road leads to a wide paved trail that heads into a natural ash swale with boardwalks. There’s even some false hellebore growing in these bottomlands. Skirt the edge of a demolished motel property with a big old shapely oak tree and curve around to 105th.

From here, walk south on 105th past a business park and reach Denney Road. Take the sidewalk up and over Highway 217, the highest point on the trail!

2. Denney Road to Scholls Ferry Road

Distance: 3.6 miles round-trip

This section of the trail begins off Denney Road at the Denney Road Trailhead parking area on the left. The trail heads through a dense green section alongside the creek where Oregon ash and willow dominate. It crosses Hall Boulevard and picks up again a few yards west in Greenway Park. This park has more open space and a playground. There are several small loop options in this park. A bridge leads left to the Augustus Fanno Farmhouse (1857), which is open by appointment only. After this, junction the trail splits, but the loop leading left has a section that is permanently closed because it is often flooded. The section leading right goes up past a play area. This part, next to a small creek, also gets flooded because of ongoing beaver activity (The beaver dam is a little downstream). A new gravel trail (2017) makes for a short detour up around the playground. The trail continues down through Greenway Park, reaching Scholls Ferry Road. From here, the trail, described in the Fanno Creek Tigard Hike, follows the creek another four miles to its current end.

In addition to the Garden Home Trailhead and the Denney Road Trailhead, there are trailheads at:

Vista Brook Park, 6410 SW Scholls Ferry Road

Augustus Fanno Farmhouse, 8405 SW Creekside Place (parking evenings and weekends only)

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Take a Walk: Portland by Brian Barker
  • Walk There! 50 Treks In and Around Portland and Vancouver edited by Laura O. Foster
  • Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine edited by Michael C. Houck and M.J. Cody
  • Exploring the Tualatin River Basin by Tualatin Riverkeepers
  • Nature Walks In and Around Portland by Karen & Terry Whitehill
  • Off-Street Paved Bike Paths in Oregon by Rick Bronson

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