Nestled away from the seemingly endless strip of car dealerships on TV Highway, on a hill steep enough to require second gear, is Cooper Mountain Nature Park. Much like its Eastside Metro counterpart, Mount Talbert, this is primarily natural habitat, meaning no pets allowed and you need to stay on the trails. There’s about four miles or so of trails to hike in total, arranged in various loops, well maintained and with excellent signage. Unlike Mount Talbert, Cooper Mountain also offers a playground with some fun, unusual equipment right by the parking lot. There’s also a few bird listening stations, which look like giant Victorian ear trumpets, peppered around; unfortunately I estimate the minimum height requirement for them to be at least 3’8″. The scenery is pretty and varied, with a lot of different plant species, and a mix of scrub forest and open heath.
18892 SW Kemmer Road, Beaverton, OR 97007 [Google map]
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