Not only is Portland weird, it’s scenic and surrounded by some really stunning sites. Ever heard of the Hidden Falls in Happy Valley? I hadn’t either until I learned about the grand opening of this newly constructed nature park.
Another Waterfall To Treasure
At one time, these falls were literally hidden away on private land. After an acquisition by the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, the 21 acre property became accessible for the public to enjoy. Read more about the project here.
- There are two entrances to this park:
- Entrance #1: Google Maps @ Hood View Park at 162nd Ave
- Entrance #2: Google Maps at Pioneer & 156th Ave (a residential area with street parking)
- Pets: Dogs are allowed on-leash
- Trail: 0.84 mi (paved but is very steep at one point)
- Facilities: Restrooms, picnic benches located at Hood View Park.
- Nearest Airport: PDX
Go Outside & Explore!
Although the trail is paved, I must caution that it is steep. I brought my youngest explorer in her stroller and had to hold on fairly tight as we walked towards the waterfall (coming from Pioneer & 156th).
While my calf muscles were feeling the burn on the return trip, the trail overall is very easy. If you get tired, there are big rocks along the path to take a breather.
Portland Is Known For Bridges
The large timber bridge over Rock Creek provides you with a perfect vantage point of the 22′ falls. There is a small picnic area where you can view the creek, relax to the sound of the falls and do some birdwatching.
Beyond that, the trail extends towards the alternate entrance at Hood View Park. I recommend using this entrance to take advantage of the parking and restrooms.
Let us know in the comments if you get the opportunity to visit this natural area in the heart of Clackamas County.
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