March 25, 2016 | By Jackie Luskey | 2 Comments

Best Places to See Wildflowers

Going wild in the Tualatin Valley doesn’t mean rowdy conduct; instead, the untamed beauty of the area’s wildflowers will having you feeling free and connected to nature. Come springtime, the Tualatin Valley is a kaleidoscope of vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, purples and shades of green. For your own nature getaway near Portland, use our list of the best places to see wildflowers in the Tualatin Valley.

Cooper Mountain Nature ParkCooper Mountain Nature Park

Cooper Mountain Nature Park

With well-loved and well-traveled trails, Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a hot spot for wildflower lovers each spring. Along the park’s Little Prairie Viewpoint, hikers will not only be rewarded with views of the Chehalem Hills, but also hyacinth cluster lilies and western geraniums. Late-season loveliness comes in June with the blooming of white rock larkspurs.

Tillamook Forest Center

The Tillamook Forest Center shares a happy abundance of wildflowers during the spring months. Take a walk through this Coast Range retreat for dazzling views of wood violets, candy flowers and trilliums. The Tillamook Forest Center even hosts flower-centric events, ranging in guided wildflower hikes to flower sketching workshops.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

While the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is largely paved, the nature that surrounds the path is still untethered lushness. Cyclists, hikers and horseback riders will come across wildflowers during their 21-mile journey of the trail. The scent of newly sprung flowers is beautifully matched by the songs of birds who are hanging out in the trees.

Clover fieldView clover fields along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route.

Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route

While traversing the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route in late spring, you’ll round a corner and—whoa!—a delightful red clover field will come into view. It’s a truly breathtaking scene. One of our favorite clover fields can be spotted along Helvetia Road, just north of Highway 26.

Rood Bridge Park 

As the largest and most diverse park in Hillsboro, Rood Bridge Park is an oasis for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, gardeners and photographers alike. The 61 acres of walking paths weave through wetlands adjacent to the Tualatin River—home to happy ducks and western pond turtles—and enchanting wooded areas—the perfect resting grounds for pacific dogwood and native wildflowers.

Where will you get your wildflower fix in the Tualatin Valley? Share your flowery finds with the #tualatinvalley hashtag.

 

Comments

  • Hi Min,

    It’s not too late at all! In fact, we wrote this post on the early side so that people would have a few weeks to use our guide and see wildflowers through the early summer in the Tualatin Valley.

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