Smith and Bybee Wetlands Trail

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Smith & Bybee Lakes Park

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a seldom visited yet amazing natural area for bird watching just north of downtown Portland. You can follow a short path north along the road for views over a wetland towards Bybee Lake or follow a path through the woods south along the northeast edge of Smith Lake. But, the best trail is the paved Interlakes Trail that brings you out onto a spit of land to two viewing platforms where you can watch for various bird species including nesting Bald Eagles at the site.

hiking
18 days ago

Good for pushing a stroller near a curious toddler

I sudden forgot the sounds of the cars when I saw a bald eagle, red tailed hawk and osprey in the span of 5 minutes.

hiking
9 months ago

Exquisite, peaceful short trail that winds through the wooded wetlands. The woods give way to views of the lakes at several points. I’ve gone three times and have seen all kinds of birds (including great egrets, blue herons, bald eagles, woodpeckers, and a sleeping owl). Each time I’ve been, it has the perfect human to animal ratio: almost no people vs. hundreds of animals. The large clearing towards the end of the trial is the best place to view wildlife, though they are spread throughout the area too. For a place located within Portland, it feels remote and largely untouched. Note that, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Keep in mind this is called the Interlakes Trail. If you wind up at the canoe launch, turn around. There's a 40 mile loop and dead end road if you keep going! Hit the parking lot, cross the street and head over to where you pulled in. Just passed there is the trailhead. Water level is seasonally dependent. This month it's drying up, but still plenty of ducks and Herons to see. It's an out and back trail, not quite a loop. Blackberry bushes pop up on the main path. Both observation decks are great and shaded, but could use a bench. I'll definitely be back in the fall to see the changes; I imagine spring will be flooded, but might be fun too.

hiking
10 months ago

right next to the railroad tracks so a little noisy at times from that, but we saw all kinds of birds & even some deer!

hiking
10 months ago

If this were located someplace different, then I think it would be a cool little place to visit. The area is very sketchy - my car was broken into ($435 back window repair) and there were needles on the ground. We saw birds including an eagle that flew right in front of us and it is stroller friendly....but those are the only pros. Definitely don’t plan on going back.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice flat paved trail. Turtles and birds were cool to see, but views were underwhelming.

bird watching
11 months ago

I took some beautiful photos here

hiking
bridge out
muddy
Mon Apr 22 2019

Nice trail, mostly paved. One of the gazebos is inaccessible due to high water. Tons of birds and saw some woodpeckers, robins and a rabbit.

walking
Thu May 17 2018

It borders a really busy four lane street so it is noisy. There is a short trail that was beautiful and I couldn’t hear the traffic, but it isn’t long enough to get a good walk in.

hiking
Sat Oct 07 2017

Too short and no water :( but lots of animals and beautiful foliage!

Mon Apr 17 2017

Much of the trail is flooded now.

Sun Sep 18 2016

Have had great photo taking times at the end of the trail at sunset.

hiking
Sat Jan 24 2015

I was disappointed in the trail system. i recommend using a boat.

paddle sports
Thu Mar 14 2013

... 5 stars lol

paddle sports
Sun Sep 04 2011

Great in the Spring and Fall, lots of bird watching, turtle nests, fish. Fun for kids too.

road biking
17 days ago

road biking
18 days ago

recorded Smith and Bybee Wetlands Trail

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