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Fanno Creek Tigard Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Oak trees in Woodard Park, Tigard (bobcat)
Mallards in a pond near Tigard City Hall (bobcat)
Footbridge over Fanno Creek in downtown Tigard (bobcat)
Oregon checker mallow (Sidalcea oregana) in Fanno Creek Park (bobcat)
Fanno Creek in Fanno Creek Park, Tigard (bobcat)
Route of the Fanno Creek Trail through Tigard (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: Woodard Park TrailheadRoad.JPG or
  • Start point: Tigard Library TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Fanno Creek Drive
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: In and Out
  • Distance: 8.0 miles but can easily be done in shorter segments
  • Elevation gain: 40 feet
  • High Point: 160 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 roads and sidewalks. Plans are to extend the trail from the Tualatin to Willamette Park in Portland. The total length of the existing 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 Tigard section of the trail into two parts.

1. Englewood Park to Woodard Park

Distance: 3.3 miles round-trip

If you are continuing the trail from Greenway Park in Beaverton, as part of the Fanno Creek Beaverton Hike, cross Scholls Ferry Road into the eastern section of Tigard's Englewood Park. The trail heads along a corridor with Fanno Creek and its trees on the left. Pass a basketball court and log weir on the creek. There are lots of blackberries in this area, ripe for the plucking in late summer. Reach North Dakota Street and go right 25 yards. Cross the street and resume the trail. Pass a grand old shaded farmhouse with grape vines. Cross over Tigard Street and pass through an alley of young hawthorns. This area has been intensively restored. Then, near the grounds of Fowler Middle School, there’s a soccer/basketball field on the right. The creek is shaded by big old walnut trees here. Get to S.W. Tiedeman Avenue and cross it.

Go left on the road over the bridge and then resume the trail, which meanders through Woodard Park, with its lovely oaks and ponderosas. There are picnic tables, a drinking fountain, and a port-a-potty here. The trail crosses Fanno Creek and reaches Johnson Street. If you want to walk the trail beginning at Woodard Park, you can park near here on Johnson Street.

2. Woodard Park to the Tigard Public Library

Distance: 4.8 miles round-trip

Go left to follow Johnson Street. As you approach busy Highway 99W, go left into the George Morlan Plumbing Supply parking lot. Reach Fanno Creek at the northeast corner of the lot, and then head right under the Highway 99 bridge (To cut out some of the Johnson Street section, users will be able to go left on Grant Avenue to pick up a new quarter-mile stretch of the trail leading east along the creek. This part is scheduled for completion in Fall 2013).

Cross Main Street in Tigard and pick up the trail on a boardwalk at Max’s Brew Pub. Use a footbridge to cross over the creek again and enter Fanno Creek Park. There are a confusion of turns to follow, but one can recross the creek and keep to its north bank (The alternative is a winding, but more natural, loop on the south side of the creek). The north bank option takes you past an unsightly equipment yard and then an area with a picnic table and a pond where ducks are ever-present. A spur leads left up to the Tigard City Hall and police station. The trail reaches Hall Boulevard. Cross Hall to pick up the boardwalk that leads to the Tigard Public Library. There are viewpoints over the wetlands here.

The library is the official southern terminus of the existing trail, but it is possible to continue along the creek a little farther. Head around the library parking lot, and find a narrow paved trail leading below an apartment complex. This trail jinks and winds along above the creek before reaching Fanno Creek Drive.


In addition to the Woodard Park Trailhead and the Tigard Library Trailhead, there are trailheads at:

Englewood Park: park on Ironwood Loop

Main Street in Tigard: park along the street

Tigard City Hall: 13125 SW Hall Boulevard

Fanno Creek House: 13335 SW Hall Boulevard (under construction)

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 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
  • Off-Street Paved Bike Paths in Oregon by Rick Bronson

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