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trail running
1 month ago

Did a trail race out here and it was beautiful. Tough but a lot of fun. Good training for runners if you're trying to get off the roads and onto the trails. They only have porta potties and no running water from what I saw. So come prepared. No dogs.

NO DOGS ALLOWED!! We did not know until we drove an hour to get there

Nice walk, mostly paved. Some nice sections; some walking through parking lots. Neither great nor terrible. Although it follows the river, you don't get a lot of views in the summer due to foliage. Would make a great afternoon bike trip for a family.

2 months ago

Easy trail lots of birds

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve never been here before, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was nice to park right by the ferry use that as the starting/ending point of this adventure. The walk is mostly flat, so it’s easy for most people. The majority of the walk is paved, which makes me think of friends with some types of disabilities being able to use the trail easily. I especially liked the abstract representation of the mission site to help me imagine what it looked like in the past.

walking
2 months ago

A great place to go on an educational walk with your kids... There are lots of interesting critters and wild growing plants to look at. Its also just a fun place to go when you want a quiet walk through in the woods. The trails can get a bit confusing but once you get used to it, it's not too hard to find your way around.

Can anyone tell me if they would do this route on a raft? Buena Vista Ferry to Independance

Great place to train that is conveniently located to west side communities in the Portland area. If you are hiking, keep an ear out for mountain bikers. Early morning is the best time to hike - the lake is still quiet with mostly fisherman and a few kayakers. Later in the day the tranquility is broken by jet skies and party boats. I have done this route twice in the last month and my Garmin showed 14.5 miles.

There is a ferry but you'll only need to take it depending on the direction you're coming from, ie from the west. Its the Wheatland ferry. For most cars, the cost is $2 each way.
There is a day use fee of $5, cash only. However there is another entrance with a horse trail so there may be another option at that entrance.
This park is very large so the normal trail is the 4.2 miles, but you could easily make it more with the different paths to take.
The middle section of the park has grills, picnic tables and restrooms.
There's TONS of blackberries along the trail, pretty wildflowers, birds and we saw the nation's largest black cottonwood tree.
This place is great for picnics, horseback riding, cycling, jogging, walking, etc. Very pretty, not too crowded and lots of tree cover in most areas.

trail running
4 months ago

Well taken care of, slow grinding up hill, signage is a bit confusing at the beginning and end.

hiking
4 months ago

If you are in McMinnville and want to take a quiet walk in the woods, this is a good place to do it. That’s about all it offers, and you can’t enjoy it with your dog. A confusing network of trails meander through this area, weaving back and forth clearly trying to pack in as much trail miles as can fit into a smaller area. No open views to be had, just a walk through a newer forest.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a lovely meander through the woods with wildflowers and tons of ferns. You can make the trail as long or as short as you like, and much of it is in the shade. A lot of the walk is gentle switch backs and this is a good exercise hike/trail run or a more casual post-wine tasting stroll. The proprietors (not a state park or forest land) would like a three dollar donation for trail maintenance, so bring a few dollars with you.

on Miller Woods

hiking
4 months ago

Great way to spend the day. There were laminated maps at the beginning of the trail but they were a little hard to read and figure out where you were. It would be nice along the trails if they would have mile markers that correspond with the map.

Great paddle. We used our SUP’s and were able to stand quite a bit. We also stopped at the Chatoe Rogue for lunch and tried some great brew! Awesome day!!

Great hike! The trail is closed in places due to maintenance so we had to detour quite a bit and ended up with almost 16 miles. Loved the varied elevation and views. It’s easy to get off track; I was glad to have the map downloaded but even so we went down an abandoned trail and got stuck in blackberry brambles and had to backtrack. There are water fountains at the main recreation areas to refill your bottle, which was great (and bathrooms!). It does cost $7 to get into the park, as well - card or cash.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail(s) to have so close to town. I use it for trail running primarily, but I don’t go nearly as often as I’d like to because dogs aren’t allowed. If they were, my pup and I would likely be there every day!
Still, it’s a nice little piece of nature and I’d recommend giving it a try.

5 months ago

Great easy day hike, I saw lots of dear and other wildlife. Bring water!!

Great trail! Good combination of inclines, declines and flat areas along with forested, open grass lands and water views! Because some of the trail is closed due to a landslide we walked 6 miles and turned around and walked back. 1800 foot accumulated elevation gain!

5 months ago

Loved this hike. Lots of nature and neat bridges. Very quiet and loved listening to the birds

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, enjoyable hike. First time here but I intend to go back with some friends. Very quiet, not too crowded. We even saw a deer:)

Beautiful bike trail. Amazing views. I went in the morning and didn’t meet anybody on the trail. There’s some small parts of trail closed, but they gonna open on September 2018. Overall a nice mtb trail.

on Miller Woods

hiking
5 months ago

Really lovely hike, not overly crowded. Different choices to string together a loop. In a few places you come near some houses or buildings, so not super remote, but very enjoyable. And make sure to stay in the trail - lots of poison oak!

This was a good hike to kill time. I prefer hikes that are out further away from cities/towns, but this was what was available in the area that I was in. It's pretty, gotta show the kiddos some flood action, and they got to see a road flooded over. Ultimately it's a road/trail, that gets near the Willamette. We also got to see some birds, squirrels, and do some tree identification.

This was a quiet, peaceful hike on a sunny Wednesday morning. So many birds! It was a perfect hike for my young dog, who is learning to be a good hiker. We saw only there other people in two hours. Don’t be put off by the fire lanes – they go through lovely terrain. There’s a pretty little Buddha shrine at Wilson creek, look for it! It’s a lollipop route. And yep, that last stretch back is uphill. Here’s a good description from a Portland Magazine piece about trails in the park. From NW Skyline Boulvevard, follow Firelane 15, cross over the Wildwood Trail, and turn up Firelane 12 to BPA Road. Go right on BPA Road. Turn right on Wildwood Trail. Return via Firelane 15. (Moderate, 4-mile lollipop loop)

mountain biking
6 months ago

great place to walk, bike, swim, fish, kayaking, disc fisbee, horseback riding trails..picnic tables & BBQing ! clean bathrooms .. great trees for kids to climb! 4$ to ride the ferry (one way) & 5$ to park .. totally worth it !

I went there today and it was so peaceful! Super easy. There are some nice areas to go off the paved path and relax by the water.

6 months ago

Hiked today with my 9 year old. Easy and lots to look at. Even with the Earth day event at the main building there weren’t many people on the outer trail.

Short hike with beautiful views of the valley. Not much for parking and really easy.

7 months ago

We hike this regularly with 4 kids; 15, 14, 9 and a baby in a pack.

7 months ago

Did the outter loop today (4 miles) and it was well maintained and easy to follow. Muddy in one or two spots but nothing huge. Pick up the boards they have marked and you can see all the little creatures. Quiet little hike! I'll be back.

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