Tickle Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 166' 51 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 879' 268 m
Low: 737' 224 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“This gem is a forested hike along Tickle Creek in Sandy. It is hard to believe you are surrounded by neighborhoods!”— Kathleen Walker
Family Friendly The flat wide packed gravel trail surface is perfect for young children. The playground along the trail in the middle is also an attraction.
- Trail is closed from dusk to dawn.
- No motorized vehicles are allowed.
- No wood cutting or removing forest materials and no dumping of any material.
- No overnight camping.
- No off-trail use allowed.
- Please do not park in front of driveways or mailboxes when parking on street.
- Please report any suspicious activity or illegal camping to Sandy Police and Sandy Community Services Director.
There are a few short sections of the trail where you follow a sidewalk, before returning to the trail. You cross Tickle Creek over five large bridges. The trail is six-foot-wide packed gravel which supports families walking, elderly, kids on bikes, and runners. There are a couple of benches for resting.
You can do the entire trail or just go as far as you want. The trail is also convenient for locals wanting to hike to the Fred Meyer Store or other places on the west side of town and avoid Highway 26. The trail is 1.6 miles long and 3.2 miles round-trip. There are access points all along the trail with connections to most south side neighborhoods. This trail is great for locals and those that want a short forested hike without heading up to Mt. Hood National Forest. The city plans to extend the trail in the future.
The trail then loops around a drainage detention pond that often has ducks. You can go left or right - they both take you back to Dubarko Road. Take the opposite side of the loop on your return trip. The trail leads back to Dubarko Road. Look both ways and cross Dubarko Road in the marked crossing and continue on an older paved section of the trail. Follow the paved section around over a large culvert, past an old section with buckled pavement, and by the Knollwood Playground. Just past the playground, turn right and head to the sidewalk. The sidewalk section totals 850 feet. Turn left on the sidewalk along Dubarko and stay on it across Sandy Heights and a short distance later, you see another trail marker post and a bridge. Turn left and cross Bridge 4. The trail then skirts the creek and passes by a large private land parcel on your left (south) with a fence along the trail. There is a bench along this section.
Soon, you come to the largest bridge (Bridge 3) and my favorite part of the trail. Although there are homes visible beyond the forested corridor, the large cedar trees, carpet of green oxalis (looks like clover), and thick ferns are captivating. There are two large notched cedar stumps here with Douglas fir trees that grew out of them and actually split the stump in two! These are protected with rail fence. There is also a large cedar with old fire scars and places for wildlife to hide. There is another bench along here that showcases a great view of the creek with large logs in the creek providing good salmon habitat. Salmon are found in Tickle Creek. Soon you come to Bridge 2 and again see adjacent homes beyond the forest. The trail approaches 362nd Drive as it crosses the fifth bridge numbered Bridge 1. The trail ends just one house east of 362nd Drive and Dubarko.
If you decide to park on the west end, please do not park in front of mailboxes or driveways. If you want to do an even four-mile roundtrip hike and get a little cardiovascular in your hike, head across Dubarko to Yokum Loop and take that steeper road back down to Dubarko and back to the west end trail entrance.
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Land Manager: City of Sandy - Parks and Recreation