I had low expectations for Cedar Mill Falls, but I was pleasantly surprised by this urban waterfall. It’s small, but pretty. There is a nice viewing platform with benches if you’d like to stay for a while. But the waterfall is only yards away from a fairly busy road, so even though it’s a picturesque spot the noise will quickly remind you that you’re in the city and not the forest.
My rating: Low priority (1 star)
(Waterfall – 1 star, Trail – 1 star, Experience – 1 star)
Distance from Beaverton: None
Nearest town: Beaverton
Nearest city: Portland
Length of round-trip hike: 0.2 miles
Best season to visit: Any
Things to know: This is an urban boardwalk trail next to a busy road – not much of an adventurous destination on its own.
Consider combining this trip with: A hike to the Pittock Mansion, a tour of the International Rose Test Garden, or a walk through Hoyt Arboretum. Or you could combine this visit with a drive-by of Willamette Falls.
Toilet / Amenities: None
How to get there:
- Park in the northeast corner of Cedar Mill Bible Church’s parking lot. (12208 NW Cornell Road in Portland)
- Walk east along Cornell Road to the beginning of the trail just past the John Quincy Adams Young House.