Im a beginner but this was fun. we did not do the loop outlined here but there are plenty of trails to take and places to explore, plus you can hop in the river when you are done. Fun times and I'll be coming back to see more.

trail running
1 month ago

July/2018 Twas an excellent Sunday early morning hike. I enjoyed the quick 1.9 miles to the lake. The lake had a brook that added to the ambience of coming off a dirt trail onto sand out in the open sun. The water was warm and great for strolling through. There were lots of little fish in the water. Saw a few big ones jumping out of the water.

Parking: non existent, pull off on the road and park it

Trail: trail markers were blue markers, a minimalist method for marking the trail. Despite the minimalist approach to a trail marker the trail itself was established.
Personal trail rating = EASY the elevation was minimal. There were 15 trees/limbs to walk or climb over. There were some stairs at a steeper part of the trail right before a private property gate. FYI I’m from Alaska where inclines are a constant and trails are what YOU forge. This was easier than what I’m used to.

Trail use: trail running, walking, hiking, or day
chilling

This would be a place I’d hike Out lunch or a snack and chill on the beach with good company. There was some seasoned wood along the trail and there were signs of people having a fire. My only caution is to keep the wilderness and your trash separate. Packout what you packed in.

I like that this trail had a brook, sand, minimal people, great sun exposure, and it was a decent distance.

on Sandy River Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 7/1. Great for kids. $5.00 entry into park. Feels secluded and peaceful. Trail is easy but still feels like a hike, not overly trodden. Only saw 1 other couple all morning. The river is really neat; you can get out there through the grass easily, and the rocky shoreline is a lot of fun for just playing around or being peaceful. Probably good fishing too. Some mosquitoes but nothing crazy. Would definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice two mile hike down to the river. Beautiful, quiet sandy beach. My pup loved running around. A bit more difficult with the two miles back up with the incline. Very nice weekend hike.

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
4 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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 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.

on Sandy River Trail

9 months ago

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.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 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!

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

fun

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

So fun! Many places to explore

camping
Monday, August 29, 2016

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

walking
Monday, August 29, 2016

very peaceful great place to explore

walking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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