Whipple Creek Regional Park
This 300-acre regional park is located off Northwest 179th Avenue west of the Clark County Fairgrounds. The park's primary feature is 4.3 miles of trails that cater to hikers and horseback riders alike.
Park's dirt trails reopen to equestrians, mountain bikers
For six months, the dirt trails were open only to hikers and joggers to preserve the trails during the rainy season. Equestrians and mountain bikers could continue using gravel trails at the 300-acre park, off Northeast 179th Street, during wet weather.
“The seasonal restrictions were effective, and the primitive trails are in great condition,” said Bill Bjerke, parks and lands manager for Clark County Public Works. “We appreciate trail users respecting the restrictions and hope people get out and enjoy the natural trails now they are open to all users.”
The park’s trails have been plagued by persistent heavy mud because of poor drainage, clay soils and steep slopes.
To improve trail conditions, volunteers have donated 7,600 hours during the past six years to build reroutes, improve drainage, and spread gravel across the park’s main trails, making them accessible year-round. Volunteers also realigned and restored a series of natural surface trails.
Ongoing trail improvements
The Whipple Creek Park Restoration Committee and volunteers marshaled by Clark County Parks are working to improve trails to make using the park during winter months less of a muddy experience.
For more information, watch this CVTV video from December 2013.
- Multiuse hiking and equestrian trails (trails are seasonally muddy)
- Parking lot at Northwest 21st Avenue entrance
- Whipple Creek Regional Park trails (PDF)
The park is also a pristine, tranquil forest environment and is home to many types of wildlife, including woodpeckers, hawks, deer, flying squirrels, herons and beavers. Opportunities abound for wildlife viewing.
7 am to dusk