PDX Runs: Fanno Creek Trail
This peaceful, flat, paved path travels through wetlands, forests, and parks as it makes its way along Fanno Creek in Beaverton and Tigard. If you come out to the group runs from our Beaverton store on a regular basis, you will become quite familiar with this route. It’s our mainstay during the summer.
It's also the venue for our annual Winter 5K series.
The historic Augustus Fanno Farmhouse is located just off of the path near Hall Blvd. Augustus Fanno was one of the first American pioneers to move to Oregon, settling in Washington County in 1846. The family began a regionally-renowned onion farm, which was cultivated until the 1940s. If you find yourself craving onions—or crying—after your run, this may be the reason.
The best place to start a run or walk on the Fanno Creek Trail, of course, is Portland Running Company at SW Scholls Ferry Road & Nimbus! Take a right out of the store, heading west on Scholls Ferry Road, and then take a right onto the path just after you cross the small bridge. After you descend to the main path at creek level, you can go quite a ways in either direction.
You will need to cross a few roads in order to continue on the trail, whichever way you choose, and be advised that in winter Fanno Creek floods the path from time to time.
If you head north, there’s a break in the trail at Denney Road that can be confusing the first time. When you reach Denney, cross at the crosswalk and turn right, going over Hwy. 217. Once you’ve crossed the highway ramp, take the first left. The dead-end frontage road will lead you right to the path again.
Fanno Creek Trail covers about 7.5 miles in total, from the Garden Home Recreation Center in the north, all the way to the Tigard Public Library. Don’t be alarmed by the many splits in the path—they all lead either back to the trail or to neighborhood access points. Take a look at the map snippets below for the major road crossings and connections.
Click here for a map of the trail north from Scholls Ferry Road (Beaverton).
Click here for a map of the trail south of Scholls Ferry Road (Tigard).