Oak Island Trail

EASY 19 reviews

Oak Island Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
22 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A great hike along a blackberry-lined forest road in the middle of Sauvie Island, perfect for the whole family. This short 2.5 mile loop hike is filled with blackberries in late July, August, and early September. Bring some baskets and wear some old clothing that can get stained. The hike doesn't have too many spectacular views of the water but is pleasant enough. Keep an eye out for ospreys, eagles, and hawks on your way.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

This trail is not accessible year round. It is only accessible until October

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Superb - bring a camera. Trail well marked - not to be confused with Warrior Lighthouse Hike.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Another beautiful easy loop out at Sauvies Island. Lots of cows but also lots of ticks dog lovers. But I saw eagles, herons, frogs, pheasants, bunnies amazing 31st walk

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Oak Island trail feels way more remote than it actually is, which is a good thing.

Located towards the middle of Sauvie Island, the loop trail offers fine view of nearby hills and the ever-calm Sturgeon Lake.

The trailhead is easy enough to get to, though there is little signage until you arrive. Note that a $7 parking permit is required, which can be purchased at the store near when you first cross on to Sauvie.

While the area is beautiful and the nature has that wild feel, the trail itself is not maintained well. It is essentially a vehicle track overgrown with grass and weeds. The grassland to the immediate west of the trail was being used as a grazing ground for local cows.

At one point, the trail continues past a barbed-wire fence. To continue you must pass through the nearby gate. Easy enough, but without any signage whatsoever, those who aren't feeling adventurous may be pressured to turn back.

That would be a shame, however, because the best part of the loop is immediately after said gate. The trail continues into a quaint ash tree forest. Past this are gorgeous clearings framed by wild thickets of underbrush and trees. This combined with the nearby Sturgeon Lake creates some refreshing and varied scenery as you're trudging through the primitive trail southward.

Close to the end the even more primitive Sauvie Island trail begins. Due to the overgrown nature of the environs, I'd recommend against trying to find it unless the weather is agreeable (it was pretty rainy during my trek).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful place! It's located on Sauvie Island and goes through a cow ranch. I've been here twice, and the first time I came here there were a bunch of cows grazing. They just stared at us as we walked by them. It's a good and easy hike,but choose to do it on a cool, Fall day.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Nice for photography! Awesome for kids! Open spaces and easy flat trail. Was a little to long for our youngest hiker. Loop style trail 2.5 miles partially open part covered and a nice little alcove to skip rocks with the kids. Looking for some thing easy to just meander this is it! Ran into the Oregon Photography Club while were there also. I din't click many pics but plan to go back and do so. you will need a special pass for this spot that is only available from the little minute mart just as you cross the bridge to the island. It is $7 for day and $22 for year.