Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a nice walk or mountain bike ride along a wetland full of birds with a return along the Willamette River. This is a great place to go bird watching. You will follow a path along the east side of a wetland area where you may see some Flycatchers or even ospreys that nest nearby. Once you get to the northern parking area you will turn around and then return via the beautiful Springwater bike trail.
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!
Nice trail, unfortunately one part was permanently closed.
This is a beautiful trail with a lot of wildlife. It is also good for bike riding at.
peaceful retreat, easily accessible, most people friendly towards well behaved off leashed dogs