Wednesday, December 15, 2004

SW~Hiteon Park/Fanno Creek Tributary

Date last visited: December 15, 2004
Agency: Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation
Path Surface: Paved
Elevation gain/loss: Minimal
Distance: 1.8 miles out and back or 2.0 mile loop
Ratings: Setting ++ Calorie-burning ++
Directions: Highway 217, north to Scholls Ferry exit or south to Progress Exit, then west on Hall to Greenway. Left on Greenway, which turns into Brockman at 125th. Park at the corner of 135th and Brockman. GPS 45.47.283N 122.48.952W

Right in the middle of this Beaverton neighborhood is a rarely used and stroller-worthy path that parallels a small tributary of Fanno Creek. Start in Hiteon Park at the corner of Brockman and 135th and walk south through the park. Toward the south end of the park, be sure to notice the blown-over tree with branches that have grown up to be trees themselves. On our walk through here today, the buzzy notes of two Anna's Hummingbirds drew our attention.

At the end of the park, continue south on 135th across Singletree, then east across 135th. After walking about 2/3 of the block, turn east where the paved path continues. All the usual suburban birds--chickadees, house finches, juncos, etc.-- frequent this area. One day, we saw a male and female Mallard calmly perched at the peak of the roof of the house next to the path.

The path crosses several streets and enters the mis-named Forest Glen Park. At the edge of this park, cross 130th and jog slightly south to pick up the path again. The path ends after .9 miles at 125th.

From here, you have several options. To the south approximately ½ a mile is Summerlake Park. To the east is Greenway Park. Then there is the "noisy" loop, which we did today. Walk north on 125th, a road that is getting busier all the time. Sometimes, a detour across the street is worthwhile, like today, where we saw hundreds of Canada Geese grazing in the Conestoga Middle School athletic field. After passing the Conestoga Rec Center, Southridge High School and an apartment complex, .5 mile, be on the lookout for a short, paved path that takes you west into a cul-de-sac. Angle southwest across the cul-de-sac to rejoin the paved path that goes .2 mile west to 130th. To return to your car, follow 130th north to Trigger and turn left, turn left on Pinto and right on New Forest. When you reach 135th again, turn north and you are back at Hiteon Park for a just over two mile round trip. Map.
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