I had a lovely solo hike here on a quiet Sunday in December. The trail was muddy in spots due to recent rains/snow, and the wetlands were high with water! Plenty of squirrels and ducks sighted. The route started in Sellwood to the south, went clockwise around the lake and all the way up to near McLoughlin Blvd and then back along the bluff trail. Gorgeous views of the Willamette along the Springwater trail, and the view of Oaks Park across the lake in the afternoon is magical. Even the rather ominous Portland Mausoleum has a friendly look when viewed from the Bluff trail. I highly recommend this hike.
This was our second time giving this trail a try, as last time we took a wrong turn, and ended up off the populated part of the trail, before we got too thick into the homeless camps, we decided to turn around and take the paved trail to Sellwood. I think trail markers, and/or a trail map would be a wonderful investment. This time around was nice, lots of Squirrels running about. We definitely want to give this a go one more time when the wetlands are a little more wet, hopefully after the leaf fall, we'll get to see more wildlife. Definitely worth the walk!
Great little hike right off Milwaukie Ave. We heard many birds and lots of splashing. We couldn't tell if they were beaver, nutria or muskrats because we forgot our binoculars. The trail was muddy in a couple spots, so be sure to wear good shoes and bring your binoculars for up close and personal viewing of the wildlife.