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PDX Runs: Commonwealth Lake

Commonwealth Lake Park Beaverton Oregon


Commonwealth Lake Park in the Cedar Hills neighborhood of Beaverton is a nice spot to get in a little bird-watching with a side of people-watching. It’s also a nice place for a run.

This popular naturalistic area has a path of about 1200 m. (.75 mi.) in length around the shore of a man-made lake. It is almost entirely flat with only a couple of wooden footbridges for variety.

This is a favorite spot for family strolls, and the other amenities in the park—angling, soccer field, playground—make for a fair amount of traffic, especially in the evenings. Nevertheless, the alert runner will have plenty of room to run on the wide bikepath.

Keep your eyes peeled for herons and a variety of waterfowl. Invariably, some of your fellow park users will view you as a loon.

Access Commonwealth Lake Park off SW Foothill Drive or SW Huntington Avenue.

-Ryan Heal