Trail facts at a glance
Name - Rock Creek Trail at Orchard Park
Parks agency -  Hillsboro Parks & Recreation
Contact - 503 681-6120 - Park patrol 503 629-0111 
Location - 20900 SW Amberwood Dr, Hillsboro
Hours - Dawn to dusk
Transit - TriMet bus line 48 on NW Cornell Road, north of Orchard Park
Length - 1.4 miles round-trip for suggested loop - Rock Creek Trail is 1.6 miles one way
How difficult do we consider it - Easy
Date of last visit - October 14, 2015

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Rock Creek Trail at Orchard Park

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation

Rock Creek Trail is a paved trail where you can walk, run, hike, bike, skate, or roll.  It’s a wonderful place to bring the whole family for a day of picnicking and fun or to go solo to enjoy a quiet moment by the creek. 

20 minutes from downtown Portland, this 1.6 mile (one way) paved trail follows Rock Creek from Orchard Park to Rock Creek Boulevard.  You can combine this walk with an additional mile of paved trail and wetland boardwalks within the 21-acre Orchard Park.

We started our hike from Orchard Park where there is a small parking lot.  You can also take TriMet bus #48 to NW Cornell Road and John Olsen Ave, then connect to the Rock Creek Trail and head south to Orchard Park. 

Orchard Park offers drinking fountains, a playground, restrooms and picnicking.  It also contains a nine-hole disc golf course.  Trail signage and mileage markers are found along the path.  There are many benches throughout the park, along the path and around the playground.

There are interesting attractions in the playground, including bobbers [animal figures you can bounce on] and a climbing boulder.  The playground is surrounded by grass with a ramp entering the bark chip surface. 

Points of interest along the trail include hundreds of native trees and shrubs that help maintain a healthy watershed.  On our visit, part of the trail was closed to protect beaver dam activity on Rock Creek.  Parts of the trail may also be closed during periods of high water.

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