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Council Creek Regional Trail

The Council Creek Regional Trail creates a corridor for commuting and recreational opportunities for all who bike, hike, roll and stroll.

See the 2015 Council Creek Regional Trail Master Plan.

Plans for the full 15-mile trail include:

  • An east-west segment connecting Hillsboro to Forest Grove (6 miles, in progress)
  • A north-south segment connecting Forest Grove and Banks and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail (not yet started)

Community benefits include:

  • Car-free travel, reducing climate impact and lowering transportation costs
  • A fun, healthy way to get to work, run errands or catch a bus or MAX
  • An alternative to TV Highway for cyclists and pedestrians
  • An amenity to business districts and neighborhoods along the Corridor

Planning start: 2021
East-West Trail:

  • Trail design start: Spring 2024
  • Street crossing design start (expected): Spring 2025
  • Design finish (expected): Spring 2026
  • Construction start (expected): Summer 2026
  • Construction finish (expected): Spring 2028

North-South Trail design and construction: Dependent on funding

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4/29/2024: Comment on the East-West Trail Segment design at an online open house May 3 through May 31.

East-West Trail

This portion of the trail will use the existing railroad right-of-way between the Hatfield Government MAX station and Forest Grove (21st Avenue and Douglas Street, east of Pacific University). Train traffic has not used this section of railroad since 2015. Preliminary design work on the east-west segment has started, thanks in part to a $1.5 million Regional Flexible Funds Allocation (RFFA) grant from Metro in 2020. Work will include community and agency discussion on selecting the form and function of the trail.

North-South Trail

Design has not started. This segment would extend the trail from Forest Grove to the Banks-Vernonia Trail.


Cost: $28 million (2021 estimate)
Funding sources: 

  • $1.5 million Regional Flexible Funds Allocation (RFFA) grant from Metro in 2020 (includes $154,050 local match).
  • $17.5 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in November 2021, including $5.3 million in local matching funds:
    • $3.2 million from Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) Opportunity fund
    • Combined contribution of $2.1 million from Washington County and cities of Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove
  • $6.3 million Regional Flexible Funds Allocation (RFFA) grant from Metro in 2023 (includes $789,000 local match).
  • The project partners continue to seek more funding to build the project as envisioned in the 2015 Master Plan.



Council Creek Regional Corridor Working Group Members
  • City of Banks
  • Clean Water Services
  • City of Cornelius
  • City of Forest Grove
  • City of Hillsboro
  • Metro
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • TriMet
  • Washington County
Past Steering Committee Meetings

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