on Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Trail

walking
4 days ago

Great trail in the middle of the metro area!

Dry and no mud today. Some cool birds in the swamp.

3 bald eagles and an osprey!

Not what I was use to. This is definitely an inner city “nature” hike. Over half of the view was of graffiti on old abandoned looking buildings.

Not a bad trail. Pretty easy, good for beginners.

Magical! I wish it were closer to the water, though. Also the amount of party trash and evidence of/presence of vagrants was unsettling. I wish the loop didn’t include the bike path, and I wish you could get back to the parking lot without totally retracing. (Plus, that hill is killer when you’re tired.)

Easy hike, did it with a 60 year old smoker. She had a rough time but completed it!

First time there. Really perfect for me as I live in Milwaukie so not to far.
Love the well maintained trails and no campers along the way. Its my new favorite spot!!! Thanks to all the volunteers to keep it ideal!!

Great trail, a lot to see. Just be aware of the homeless encampments in the bushes to the right, opposite side of the water. Wear mosquito repellent!!!

Beautiful wildlife sites. It felt like a story book marsh. Even went on a rainy day and so happy I chose to be outside here. Loved the juxtaposition of the buildings behind the trees. Very restorative.

Excellent close in hike.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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.

Loved it!

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Absolutely beautiful in the spring. Relatively low activity on week days.

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