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Crystal Springs and Johnson Creek Trail

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Reed College Campus

Crystal Springs and Johnson Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 62 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




partially paved


wild flowers


3 days ago

Great trail. Perfect for getting that cardio workout in. Easy, peaceful, dog friendly, can’t wait to return

Currently a one way trail because of COVID. Dog friendly. Cool views of a wetland area with some wildlife, but otherwise not much to see. Well maintained.

The trail is a bit muddy this time of year however the Flora and fauna , Especially the fungi make it well worth it to Slow down and take notice of the little things

5 months ago

not very well marked with lots of intersecting trails, but beautiful area.

8 months ago

Perfect fall day for a nature walk in the city.

Good beginner trail quick walk

11 months ago

Nice quick little getaway hike to mix up scenery. Lots of side trails to enter at many locations and nice benches.

Wed Feb 13 2019

sweet little spot in Reed College campus!

Sun Aug 26 2018

Nice scenic walk in the middle of the Reed College campus. The water and bridges were nice features. Lots of places to sit and hang out. The name doesn't make much sense though. I would probably title it "Reed Lake Loop" since that is the main feature. Crystal Springs is where the Rhododendron Garden is - across 28th Ave, not here.

Wed Apr 18 2018

nice walk

Wed Feb 21 2018

Fun cute little trail near the pond. Beautiful view. I went when it was snowing so if course it was muddy. I’d suggest going across the street to the rhododendron garden even if you have to pay the $5 admission in the spring time. It’s a gorgeous area.

Wed Jan 03 2018

Nice walk, lovely water and very small ups and downs. Enjoyed it! Will be back! Was glad I had the AllTrails app, it’s easy to take a wrong turn here. GPS tracking on the trail was EXTREMELY helpful. Good signal so no worries about that folks!!

Sat Nov 04 2017

Nice short stroll. Added rhododendron gardens to lengthen it a bit

Mon Oct 16 2017

this place is great it's Urban, also has some trails that are paved, but the best thing about this is the lake and all of the bark dust cover Trails for a nice soft foot strike. The only downside is it's very confusing and you can kind of get out of whack of where you're trying to go and I ended up over inside of a school and got all crazy other than that it's extremely great place to go

Wed Oct 11 2017

Nice easy walk. Lots to look at even in the winter months (lots of variety of ducks and even saw a beaver). Very serene midweek in October

Wed Jul 05 2017

This place is BEAUTIFUL!!

Fri May 26 2017

New to walking/hiking and I found finding a BEGIN spot such as a sign was difficult but none the less eventually a small opening among the campus led to a path which took me into Crystal spring/ Reed Lake trail and it was very scenic. There were also many places to break for lunch, rest or birding.

Sat Oct 29 2016

Nice place to stroll, watch birds, people, and enjoy the gardens. Lots of places to sit. My 5 year old loved it. Don't go if you don't like watching people feed ducks. At least it was cracked corn and not bread.

Sat Jul 02 2016

I walk this trail almost every day with my dogs. It's quite easy but very beautiful and puts you into the heart of Reed College campus. there are always ducks on the water and even sometimes a heron or two.

1 month ago

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