Hidden Falls Nature Park

Hidden Falls Nature Park is Open!

Hidden Falls Nature Park is now open to the public and features an extraordinary natural waterfall that was previously inaccessible for decades in Happy Valley. Owned and operated by NCPRD, Hidden Falls Nature Park provides new recreational opportunities and connections to nature for residents of the District.

Through a public-private partnership with Icon Construction and many years of diligent efforts to acquire the property, this unique forested natural area was conserved and transformed into a community park for all to enjoy. This same creative partnership strategy brought the nearby Pioneer Park to life in 2013.

The overall value of the project is estimated at $2.9 million, with $1.7 funded by NCPRD funds, and $1.2 million in value donated by Icon Construction. Hidden Falls Nature Park completes an important project in NCPRD’s Parks Capital Improvement Plans, and a segment of Metro’s Mt. Scott/Scouters Mountain Trail Loop Master Plan.

Important Connections

The park sits in an important spot for making connections in our regional trail system and completes a vital link in the Mt. Scott/Scouters Mountain Loop. Located between Pioneer Park, Oregon Elementary School, and Ashley Meadows Park on the west side, and Hood View Park, Rock Creek Middle School and Verne Duncan Elementary on the east, this new 0.84-mile segment of paved multi-use trail will provide needed bike and pedestrian access between public facilities.

Site Improvements

Enhancements to the 21.3 acre site include:

  • 0.84-mile multi-use paved trail improvement to the Mt. Scott/Scouters Mountain Trail Loop
  • Viewing areas of the falls
  • Resting areas along trail
  • Safety fencing and retaining walls on steep slopes
  • A glue-laminated timber bridge over Rock Creek

View the project site plan here.

Getting to the Park

Visit the park! Located in Happy Valley, there are two main access points to Hidden Falls Nature Park. To the north of Rock Creek, there is an entrance at Pioneer Dr. and 156th Ave. To the south of Rock Creek, there is an entrance point on 162nd Ave., just past the dead end and alongside Hood View Park. You can view a map of the entrance points here.