Bull Mountain Park Playground
Bull Mountain Park, Southwest Alpine Crest Way, Tigard, OR, USA
Dawn to dusk
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Play and hike in Bull Mountain Park!
Bull Mountain Park Playground is in the Bull Mountain neighborhood of Tigard, Oregon. It has some polished logs for climbing, stumps, and one wooden tower. It has cute wooden carvings around the playground. There are interpretive signs about the plants that bloom in spring. The park's paved and unpaved trails map is above the playground by the ADA-accessible porta-potty.
Google Maps will lead you to park on SW Alpine Crest Way. However, it is very hilly. Parking on SW Morningstar Drive is preferable because it involves a flat, short walk on a broad, paved trail to the playground. The playground has several picnic tables, three covered picnic tables, and a drinking fountain. Below the playground, there is a large grassy field on a hill. Bring a picnic blanket, a soccer ball, or a frisbee to throw.
It is quiet and beautiful being surrounded by the forest. Behind the park map and porta-potties, a narrow dirt pathway descends steeply down the hill. This is the trail that you will find on All Trails as the Bull Mountain Morningstar Loop. However, their loop leads you through the forest and back to the starting point (at the playground) via the scenic neighborhoods. It is generally preferable to go out and back rather than on the loop. It is less than a mile.
Because you are in a residential neighborhood, there are no dining options up there. However, it is only a seven-minute drive to the adorable Tigard downtown that runs along SW Main Street. Here, you will find a favorite of mine, Symposium Coffee, which serves local Steven Smith Teas. They can ice any of their teas for you if it's a hot day and you want a thirst-quencher. They have some sandwich options, too, if you find yourself there midday. If a cafe isn't your thing, or it's getting closer to dinner time, head to John Barleycorns in Tigard. It is a ten-minute drive away and serves pub fare, ales, and spirits. John Barleycorns is one of many local McMenamin's locations in the Oregon and Washington states. I have yet to visit a McMenamin's I didn't like. Tykes will find their own ample kids menu and a slew of drink choices, too, such as lemonade, hot chocolate, and Shirley Temples, my childhood favorite.