Tryon Creek State Park Hike
From Portland Hikers Field Guide
- Start point: Tryon Creek State Park Trailhead
- Hike Type: Loop
- Distance: 2.7 miles
- Elevation gain: 125 feet (loss to Tryon Creek, over 200 feet accumulated on the route described below)
- Difficulty: Easy
- Seasons: All
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Backpackable: No
- Crowded: Yes
The easiest way to see Tryon Creek State Park is to grab a map at the visitors center which is located at the main trailhead and explore on your own schedule, heading back to the trailhead when you are ready.There isn't really anything other than the creek itself that is a "must-see", so any hike you do, you won't have to walk away feeling like you missed something. However, for those who are interested, we describe a guided hike below that covers a good chunk of the park.
If you are planning to hike in the area, you may want to strongly consider bringing shoes that you don't mind getting muddy, and possibly a clean change for the car. The park has special trails for bicyclists and horses, and is also popular with joggers. There are educational signs near most of the bridges for those who are interested. If you want the illusion of a little more solitude, you may want to start at one of the smaller trailheads.
To follow our guided hike, start out at the main visitors center and head left on the Old Main Trail towards the Red Fox Trail. Turn left at the Red Fox Trail and cross over the Red Fox Bridge. Keep right after crossing the bridge to connect with the Cedar Trail. Continue on the slightly less busy Cedar trail heading back towards Tryon Creek. At a large intersection of trails (shown on the right side of this page), head straight towards the creek through the intersection and then turn left towards High Bridge, following the creek. You will also pass by the sturdy looking Beaver Bridge, which the sign notes was built with your lottery dollars.
At High Bridge, those who are tired can head back towards the visitors center following the Middle Creek Trail. Otherwise, head north (to the left) up the Lewis and Clark Trail. The Terry Riley Bridge, a bouncy suspension bridge along this part of the trail, would be a fun stop for kids. Continue on the Lewis and Clark Trail eventually connecting with the North Horse Loop, where heading left (or right, for that matter, on a slightly longer route) will take you back to the trailhead.
Regulations or Restrictions, etc.
- Open 7am to 6pm.
- No fees required.
- Horses allowed on some trails.
- Dogs are allowed, but you must clean after them (bags are provided).
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Guidebooks that cover this hike
- 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland by Paul Gerald
- 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 4th Edition, by William Sullivan
- See more information at Friends of Tryon Creek State Park
- Martell (creator)