View Full Version : Preview of coming attractions... The New Fanno Creek Trail Segment

09-14-2011, 11:00 PM
The long wait for the Fanno Creek Trail to be completed is nearly over. In the map below, I outlined the new segment in orange, and added green to show the on road segments.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6072/6149004643_2ff42b0623.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6149004643/)

I went out and photographed the construction site of the last trail segment as it was being built. Soon the trail will extend from the Garden Home Rec Center in Beaverton to Tualatin's Community Park.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6149503858_f96b47c3ed.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6149503858/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6202/6149497032_d735ba2461.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6149497032/)

Follow the link to the Slide Show (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157627674272290/show/).

09-14-2011, 11:16 PM
Here's a few more pics from the set.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6148948179_89f6fdc668.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6148948179/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6163/6149502264_658d5b4400.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6149502264/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6157/6148950097_903bfb3f4a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6148950097/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6182/6149501638_b82b783149.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6149501638/)

Looking forward to getting to ride the whole thing when it's finished.

Rubberside Down!

09-14-2011, 11:25 PM
Excellent news. I am looking forward to checking it out as well. If only they could fit a trail under the railroad tracks and 217 where the creek goes under north of Denny. I read in the trail master plan some time back that they felt a new trail overpass was needed there, but that would be very expensive and quite a climb for the less fit (like the Denny overpass today).

09-16-2011, 11:17 AM
Best news ever!
I've been riding Heather, avoiding Denny all along to meet up with the FC Denny trailhead, pretty pleasant...but this news is fine finery! I will definitely be around to check this segment out!

09-16-2011, 02:07 PM
I live a block off Denney and really think that this only does half the job.

For those going south bound it's fine. But those going north bound have to make the left turn on 105th across a busy intersection without traffic control devices. It is very rare that you catch the green at the 217 ramp, as well as very rare that there isn't vehicle traffic on Denney in both directions as well as entering from the 217 off ramp. From the Stop line on east side of the overpass you have just over 200 ft to cross a lane of traffic into the left turn lane to head north on 105th. Then face finding a break in the west bound traffic to make the turn.

The north bound users of the Fanno Creek trail would have been better served by extending the bike lane from 105th east to Scholls Ferry, where the intersection has traffic lights, and there are bike lanes on Scholls Ferry.

09-16-2011, 03:30 PM
I agree about Denny. That's why I'll use 105 (southbound) to heather instead to avoid Denny altogether. Now I may, on a day with less traffic take 105 going the other way.

Another Fenno Creek MUP question:
I usually take a route between (Fenno Creek Path Northbound) Old Town Main ST and SW Johnson to get to the rest of the trail at Woodard City Park. Anyone aware of a path that does this without having to traverse the roads? Someone hinted to me recently that there was one. If you know please tell me!

09-16-2011, 05:13 PM
I've been bypassing the Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard lately. I don't like the rough section between Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub and SW Hall.

SB, I get off the trail at SW Tigard St. and take it into downtown Tigard. I'll cross SW Main St., then go through TriMet's Park and Ride/MUP to SW Hall, and continue south that way.

I also am not a big fan of the rough patch under the 99W Viaduct.

Hope that helps

10-23-2011, 07:00 PM
Tonight I went out there again to see how things look now... Here we go with the latest images (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157627839234371)... (or you can just follow this link to the slideshow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157627839234371/show/))

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6034/6275193658_ce558c34ea.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275193658/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6237/6274668667_8b0736c4e8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274668667/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6227/6274670059_95caf354b6.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274670059/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6217/6275197214_c202c3ce12.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275197214/)

10-23-2011, 07:03 PM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6237/6274672509_89bc08c2e6.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274672509/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6223/6274672821_c185f2ccd1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274672821/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6235/6275204460_26c254e227.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275204460/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6220/6274678663_2b1e5e3184.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274678663/)

10-23-2011, 07:11 PM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6274680583_4360fd69df.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274680583/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6230/6275207672_08b78bd060.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275207672/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6034/6274683417_bde9609751.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274683417/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6223/6275210242_8bce25c64c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275210242/)

10-23-2011, 07:16 PM
(Here's a link to the first of these posts (http://bikeportland.org/forum/showpost.php?p=27649&postcount=8))

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6111/6275211486_d668909a8d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275211486/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6240/6275214246_52a86b4923.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275214246/)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6038/6275222270_8423782908.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275222270/) http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6211/6275222768_cdcc88821b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6275222768/)

I figure that I won't be back out there until I go with the rest of the Trails Advisory Committee on our official preview.

10-24-2011, 01:08 PM
Nice photos. Did you notice while you were taking it that the puddle in the last left photo looks like a fish?

10-24-2011, 09:49 PM
Nice photos. Did you notice while you were taking it that the puddle in the last left photo looks like a fish?

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6034/6274683417_bde9609751.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6274683417/)

No, it wasn't until I put the image up on the forums that I noticed that.

12-03-2011, 08:32 AM
I rode part way through the new area a couple of days ago. Bridges are all in but a couple still have some finish work remaining. It looks like it should be open by the first of the year.

12-07-2011, 11:26 PM
I rode part way through the new area a couple of days ago. Bridges are all in but a couple still have some finish work remaining. It looks like it should be open by the first of the year.

I rode it again tonight just to see how it looks... Seeing that it was 8:30pm, I didn't get any photos.

I think the trail is finished. There's a few bridges that I'd personally like to see some handrails on, but I think that they aren't going to get them unless we see a rash of people falling off of them (they are pretty low bridges).

I was surprised to see in sections that they painted a center line and fog lines, but not the entire trail.

12-13-2011, 01:43 PM
I rode it again on Saturday. They still had a construction fence panel at each end, but easy to get around. I think you are right that the bridges without railings are just low enough that they don't need one. The unfinished piece is the portion that goes around the eastern extension of the Beaverton Ops yard parking lot (south from the Scholls Ferry/Allen Blvd intersection and then west). This was still freshly packed gravel base, but no asphalt. You can avoid this by riding through the parking lot from the trail along the S side of Allen Blvd but you will have to carry your bike over the curb at each side.