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Gresham has over a half dozen buttes that are part of the broader Boring Lava Dome complex created from eruptions 100,000 to six million years ago. Most of these buttes are clustered south of downtown and gently drain to the north by the main stem of Johnson Creek. Take a hike through Forest Park East and discover the forested buttes that rise above Gresham.
Lying at the heart of the beautifully manicured Reed College campus, the Reed College Canyon remains an island of untamed nature in the center of an urban area. Essentially untouched from the 1930s to 2000, the canyon has been the force of an ambitious habitat restoration project for the past decade. This work has restored the canyon to its "natural" state while improving opportunities for visitors to appreciate its beauty.
Discover wildlife on this trek from Tigard's Cook Park to Tualatin's Hedges Creek Marsh. The wetlands are remnants of what was once a much larger marsh system prior to construction of the sports fields. Still, they are home to birds and mammals you'd expect to see in the area — red-winged blackbirds, common yellowthroats, marsh wrens, and great blue herons. Waterfowl common in winter include American wigeon, gadwall, and northern shoveler.
The Rock Creek Trail, passing through several great parks and open spaces, has something to offer everyone — wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, and fishing. The relatively flat, paved trail runs four miles one-way along a power-line corridor, beginning at Rock Creek Boulevard from the west and ending just east of Kaiser Road, with numerous entrances from adjacent neighborhoods.