Awesome hike. Definitely some steeper climbs but it was so worth it to get to the peaceful beach!

Most definitely relaxing, easy hiking, family friendly, and it's pretty amazing to see their old growth forest, the amazing HUGE trees!

I almost always see wildlife here including: deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, otters, beaver, osprey, and many other types of birds.

29 days ago

This area in general is one of my favorite places in the world. It's absolutely beautiful, calm, and while there is traffic it's never been so bad that you can't enjoy the peace nature has to offer.

Great forest hike that ends up on an awesome sandy beach.

2 months ago

Absolutely amazing :) it was sprinkling/hailing through the trees, little muddy and had small fallen trees to step over. The hike in takes you past beautiful creeks and some stunning scenery! You start on a slight decline, go uphill for a short ways, and then it winds you down to this amazing riverside beach with a view of a waterfall. The hike back is a lot of incline, it's a great workout! Very peaceful and serene hike, I'm in love :) Personally, I love the mud, but if you aren't a fan you should steer clear of this trail during the wet months :)
Happy Trails!

Easy and relaxing

4 months ago

Beautiful trail, lots of green and a great beach at the end. Downhill all the way out, up hill all the way back.

5 months ago

A nice hike well above the Sandy River. Not sure why they refer to this hike as Oxbow CG. There is not a CG. This hike starts at the end of a road in a wooded residential area. There are 6 “No parking at any time” signs at the TH. I parked in a small lot less then 1/4 mi back down the road and walked to the TH.
A nice hike that descends to a bluff area where you hike the loop and then ascend back to the TH. Peek-a-boo views of Mt Hood and Sandy River.

Great hike to do with the young ones. Lots of exploring options.

Oxbow regional park does NOT allow dogs. I had the dog-friendly filter on and we drove all the way out only not to be let in. What a hassle.

9 months ago

Quite a treat for being so close to the urban area, short drive. A great deal of variety of trails offered not to mention other activities.

10 months ago

Smooth sailing on the way there (mostly downhill) but the trek up is intense! Totally worth it though! The beach is quiet and dog friendly!

11 months ago

Chose to do this as a hike. I wish the description mentioned more about how this is really a 45 minute hike down to a river that during the summer time has a nice beach and hang out area below. If I were to go again, I would bring some flip flops and a picnic blanket. It seemed like everyone else around me got the memo and several carried down coolers to enjoy the summer day on the beach. It's a great place to hang out, but not the hardest hike.

I guess everybody's definition of 'overgrown' is different, but while the trail might be a little narrower and have a few more branches that reach into the trail, and there might be a few logs that have fallen, it felt to me like a less popular trail that is just trafficked. It is totally passable as long as you can sit on a log and pivot to the other side.

If wanting to add to the hike, during the summer time you can easily do a river walk if you have the right shoes.

Ugh. What a disaster. Overgrown with too many trees and ferns and spider webs. When I go out in nature I expect not to be touched by nature. Unless it's on my terms. Super muddy too. Regrettably, I stuck it out until the end and was met with a disappointing "beach" with practically no views and cold water.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Could have been sandier. SAD!

Friday, April 21, 2017

great trail. hopefully you dont go so i have it to myself. lol

Friday, April 21, 2017

fun and rewarding

Thursday, February 09, 2017


Monday, September 19, 2016

Good quick hike. I went in September and the trail wasn't overgrown in the least - very clear and well maintained. Also carried my son on my back, and only had to duck under a tree once. Seems like the trail would be fine for kids, too, as long as they know to stay on the trail and not run ahead. There was nothing particularly hazardous. The trail is short but drops down to the river pretty quickly, so the elevation change is really where the workout comes in. The turnaround point is a beautiful, secluded piece of beach on the Sandy River. I did the hike on a Friday morning and we didn't see another person the whole time.

Monday, August 29, 2016

So fun! Many places to explore

Monday, August 29, 2016

Family fun camping. The wanna-be rangers are kinda rude and bossy. Ignore them and you'll be fine!

Monday, August 29, 2016

very peaceful great place to explore

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A friend and I went to Oxbow to float in the water and it was absolutely beautiful. But her car got broken into and her back window was completely smashed, they stole all her stuff out of the trunk which was completely hidden and not visible. The park lady said it was the third time it happened that day... That's pretty scary! I want to come back but very scared of the metro park not securing the place and fearful of my vehicle getting a window bashed even if I don't leave any valuables in the car.. Oh well it's gonna be a risk I guess! If I new that this park had gotton safer than I would definitely come again and again!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Totally overgrown. If you go any time after a rain prepare to be soaked. You will be wading through ferns and bushes and ducking low trees. Do not bring a kid in a pack unless you are under 5'. If anyone else comes out today, you're welcome, we cleared all the spider webs for the first 20mins. Had to turn around not a great trail and way too far to drive for this. I could see a hot day with no packs being a decent hike but not today.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

My wife and I just finished the Sandy River Trail. It was a quick, but very pleasant and refreshing hike. Because this was a slightly rainy day in the late spring there were a lot of low-hanging damp branches with new leaves. There was a lot of new foliage and underbrush. Beautiful thick forest. The trail feels pretty closed in with forest, but nice. The trail was mostly a decent on our way to the Sandy river and an ascent on the return hike, but never too extreme, so we got a little exercise but nothing too taxing. There is a moderately-sized sandy beach area where the trail comes out, and a nice panorama of the surrounding river bend.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

This is a great "easy" hike down, not hard to find from directions, but be prepared to work that booty on the way up! NOT kid friendly, but has a beautiful reward on the bottom I can see friends & I spending a sunny day at.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nice afternoon hike. There is quite a bit of blowdown but easy to get around or through. The trailhead is not marked very well but once you find the starting point it's a well maintained trail. It is only about 100ft past the 5mi road marker. See pictures to see the blue markers on the side of the road that marks the start of the trail. This is actually pretty good for trail running too. You park on the side of the road and at the trailhead you can only park two cars.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Awesome little hike, amazing coming from Kansas. 15 minutes from the apartment I'm getting. Cant wait to call this place home!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

doesn't allow dogs.

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