Westside Trail

Oregon

Westside Trail Facts

States: Oregon
Counties: Washington
Length: 8.1 miles
Trail end points: Forest Park and Barrows Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7336491
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Westside Trail Description

The developing Westside Trail in Portland's western suburbs will be a 25-mile paved, multi-use path between the Willamette River to the north and the Tualatin River to the south. Currently, 8 miles are complete with much of the route transversing a scenic Bonneville Power utility corridor.

The trail will be a recreational gem, connecting many parks, including Tualatin Hills Nature Park and the 5,000-acre Forest Park. Along the way, trail-goers will have views of woodlands, wetlands, native prairie grasses, and wildflowers. Bird watching and wildlife spotting promise to be popular past times.

The Westside Trail will also serve as an important alternative transportation corridor through a heavily populated and fast-growing portion of Washington County, including the communities of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. TriMet's MAX Blue Line will provide commuters with easy access to the trail via light rail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in Tualatin Hills Nature Park (15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton) at the north end of the trail.

You can also access the trail via light rail on TriMet's MAX Blue Line; get off at the Merlo Road/SW 158th Avenue Station. The station is located at the north end of Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

Westside Trail Reviews

We took our young (6yrs- 10 yr kids) family of 6 on this bike ride but the hills were too much for us! We started at the Tualatin Hills Nature Reserve and headed south.
Very beautiful and scenic, no trail traffic, but the switch backs we hit after we crossed 160th were too much. We ended up pushing bikes up the summit and then decided we had better turn back. I think we'll wait until the kids are older before we tackle this trail again.

Excellent training for hill running.

Its better than Fanno Creek Trail and the Sellwood Corridor. Barely anyone is using it yet and its has a cross country feel with some rolling hills. The hills aren't that bad. We are lucky to have this in our area.

Accordion

My husband and I are leisure recreational bikers and thought this would be a nice 16 mile ride, but it was more than we were up for. There are some killer hills that we ended up pushing our bikes up. Our first clue should've been the fact that we didn't see any other bikers on this 8 mile trail - ha!
It was pretty but we were too pooped to enjoy it! But for younger bikers or bikers in better shape this would probably not be hard at all. It would be super for walking though.

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