Explore the most popular trails in Sauvie Island Wildlife Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not too exciting. But good exercise. Forgot to set timer for first 1/2 hour.

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muddy
7 days ago

Easy 6 mile jaunt to a cute little lighthouse with gorgeous views of the Columbia River. Really no elevation change so the trail was easy. Very secluded and wooded and we encountered no other hikers in November.

all flat 6mile back and forth "boring" walk.. But, all worth it! gotta do exercise the legs! Good with kids too.

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over grown
3 months ago

I was very happy to come across this trail the other day. I believe it's a bit longer than 6 miles, very easy to get to. Be extra cautious of the hornet's nests all throughout the forest. I came across two that I could spot. Some overgrown foliage but so pretty, blackberries and wildflowers all around.

This walk was kind of boring. Pretty flat and uninspiring.

Really enjoyed this flatter trail for a change of scenery. Wonderful views of oak trees, cows(!), birds, river.

Great family trail. Flat and wide, shaded and opens onto a sweet little beach. Leave plenty of time to explore the lighthouse, climb the driftwood, splash in the water, eat the blackberries, and watch the river traffic. Use a reliable bug spray; these suckers feast right through your clothes! We hiked and enjoyed a sunset picnic, hiked back by moonlight (and a flashlight). And, $10 for parking; passes available at local markets on the island.

Went on a hot August Sunday, parking was terrible throughout the whole riverside. $10 parking permit required any where on Sauvie. Hike was relatively flat and easy, plenty of blackberries to snack on in August. Bugs were bothersome after the sun got low. Trail was easy enough for kids who enjoy hiking, just long. Bring swimsuits and towels! There is a medium size bald face hornets nest (the big paper nests) on the trail 0.8 miles from the lighthouse, low hanging at adult knee height in the blackberries. They did not bother us, but a child could easily bump it looking for berries.

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bugs
over grown
4 months ago

I went on this hike today and it was a nice easy walk, slightly over 6 miles round trip mostly shady and flat. There's a quiet beach area near the lighthouse. It may be helpful to be aware that there is currently a hornet's nest in the bushes on the right side of the trail at about 2.3 miles from the parking lot when heading out toward the light house. Based on previous reviews, I'm glad we brought bug spray as we walked through some overgrown grass and there were mosquitoes.

This was my first hike and it was really enjoyable! We loved the fresh blackberries lining the trail and the dog loved sniffing around the occasional pile of cow poo. I'd definitely recommend this hike for beginners who may feel intimidated or out of shape.

Didn’t make it today. Too many mosquitoes with out spray.

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4 months ago

a walk through an exposed cow pasture. not recommended!!!!!!

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bugs
over grown
4 months ago

I enjoyed this trail. there are some spots pretty overgrown, I was surprised by how much traffic there was and how overgrown it was. Lots of bugs I was not 100% prepared and you need a parking permit.

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bugs
5 months ago

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bugs
5 months ago

Completed this hike yesterday on 7/6/19. Great hike 7 miles round trip. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and awesome wildlife, such as raptors, bald eagles, Canadian geese, flickers, wood peckers etc. Trail was clear and easy. Wear bug spray lots of mosquitoes. Parking permit required $10 for day that can be purchased at any of little markets in vincinity.

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bugs
5 months ago

My 7 year old and I did this trail on 6/23/19. It was a nice easy walk, but the mosquitoes were hungry! Bring your bug spray. The trail is not well marked either.

Absolutely beautiful-had to turn back due to our senior golden overheating. We will be back for an earlier hike to keep the pup cool. Open spaces, deciduous tree groves. Stunning.

This was a very nice, easy walk. The scenery was beautiful along the way. It is mostly shaded, which made it really enjoyable. Bring spray for the mosquito’s though, they are pesky!

Nice trail. Easy. You need a parking permit to park for this trail. They are available on the island. If you go in late spring, the grass is very tall in places and covers much of the trail. Not many views of the river during this hike.

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bugs
6 months ago

Great, quiet hike through marshland/river lowlands. Dog loved it too! Not too busy for a Saturday spring morning. Lots of bird watchers, a few cows, and all 3 mountains visible from north side. Directions are unclear where best to park— but you can drive all the way to the left to the trailhead.

Great easy trail to some nice beaches and a lighthouse. Not very populated on a Saturday, 5/4/19.

Took our family youngest is 5 and my mother in-law 66 was a wonderful day ❤️ we will be coming back to this.

This is actually a 7 mile treck out to a cute cove with the lighthouse. My daughter and grandson joined me. Big wheel stroller did well but path is flat and wide so our toddler was free to run. Lots of birds and the view of the river is amazing.

Nice easy walk through the woods, river off to the side. Trails wasn’t muddy. Saw several snakes. Lighthouse at the end is cool. Really enjoyed the drive to the trailhead.

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