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Springwater on the Willamette, North Woodland and Bluff Trail Loop

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Springwater on the Willamette, North Woodland and Bluff Trail Loop is a 3.1 mile heavily 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 best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 219 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

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Wildlife

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This is a nice walk or mountain bike ride along a wetland full of birds with a return along the Willamette River. This is a great place to go bird watching. You will follow a path along the east side of a wetland area where you may see some Flycatchers or even ospreys that nest nearby. Once you get to the northern parking area you will turn around and then return via the beautiful Springwater bike trail.

The best parking area is the one on the corner of Southeast 7th Ave and Sellwood Ave near the baseball field. There is no fee to park here.

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Stevie DuFresne
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Hiking

A cute little flat trail that I like to do when I find myself with a little time during my day. I avoid the paved bike path because I don't like dodging bikers.

Michael Olson
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Running

Really cool little trail along the waster below the ridge. That part is mixed dirt and gravel while the rest is asphalt and not very interesting, especially along the straight away next to Oaks Park.

Martha Pace
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Hiking

Lots of nice shade on the east side of the lake, which is in the woods. Mostly flat except walking down into/up from the basin.

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Brittany Dobson
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Walking

Easy walk that follows alongside the Willamette from Sellwood bridge. The trail gives great views of the wetlands, meadows, river, and forest with a large green space for dogs and relaxing. Not too crowded and pretty well kept trail system and wildlife refuge.

Megan Parkis
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Hiking

Quick and easy hike part paved part dirt. Well trafficked and lots of people out on trail.

Ali Doucette
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Hiking

Great spot for a quick easy walk, passes a marsh and meadow.

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Todd Cooper
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Running

gpod trail overall. paved biked path that leads to downtown, tadpole pond, even has some offshoot trails where you can be isolated from others for a little bit.

Alyssa Ralston
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Walking

A fine trail, though narrow on the east side of the loop. My pedometer measured the trail at 3.3 miles, not including the out-and-back "arm" which we skipped.

Shawna McDonald
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HikingBugs

This is a cute little trail. Bike path can be a little overwhelming and bugs were definitely out but expected as next to the river

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@ ZellaTheGolden
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WalkingRocky

This was a fun, well maintained walking path. Cool views of the wetland area with a decent amount of wildlife. Fairly crowded. Dog friendly. Also, there are some views of the river. Lots of bikes and trail runners.

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Chris Bullock
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great place to take your kid, we loved it!

Courtney Pederson
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Hiking

Great walk to see local wildlife. Very peaceful

Linda Xiong
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Mountain biking

Crowded. Nice ride.

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natalie Soliozy
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Hiking

Great nature walk! Lots of people and dogs. Several off shoots and bird watching opportunities. Well maintained. Negatives: some trash and homeless people.

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Sarah Stinson
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Sarah Stinson
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HikingMuddy

Fun easy hike with beautiful views even in the winter time. The Oaks Park train runs through part of the trail and can be VERY LOUD, my dog went nuts but I had a firm hold on him.

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Paige Ariss
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Hiking

Great little loop. I felt a little uncomfortable with the amount of homeless on the trail. Would be great for trail running.

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Joshua Williams
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Hiking

Nice little 3-mile loop!

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Alison Rodgers
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Hiking

I like the variety on the trail, from grassy flatland to the woods to wetlands to the Springwater along the Willamette. The screams from people on rides at oaks bottom park are annoying.

Shela Brehio
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Hiking

The hike was nice for the most part. What I did not like. The rules are Dogs on leash, most weren’t and when the path turned to pavement o many bikers whizzing by.

Sierra Cavanaugh
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Hiking

Super cute little walk! Saw a deer and some baby ducks! The only downside is that it’s a pretty busy area so lots of activity!

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Charlotte S
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Hiking

Great little afternoon walk . You can park by the dog park and have it off leash and releash for the trail

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Kristi Charlton
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Hiking

A basic meandering trail mostly in within the wetlands. It does bring you onto the Springwater Corridor, which can get busy. The trail itself was easy to navigate.

RuthannLentz User
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Fun.

Angi Vandenbos
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Hiking

Description says loop. however, the bike path portion that makes the loop is closed towards sellwood. so I turned back and got turned around, they have done some new upgrades that stabilized the decent from the parking lot. Trail is in good shape for the most part. I like that the hiking section is off limits to cyclists. our hike was almost 4 miles, with the extra re-route. (that matters to a 8 month corgi)

Steve Royce
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The western paved portion is not so hot, especially on a nice day that brings out many cyclists. One can avoid that by going out and back on the east side. Good for waterfowl in the winter, but muddy.

PhLo M
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Hiking

My second visit, walking the loop around Oaks Bottom Lake, this time with Mom. We saw tons of wildlife, and it was a perfect weather day.

Suzanne T
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Hiking

We parked at Sellwood Park and started from there. The beginning was ok - saw lots of birds - got a good pic of geese with their goslings. However, it ends up on a paved road (Spring Water Corridor) and we walked that back with bikers blazing by us....very boring and even though it was maybe 3 miles, it felt like 10 because of the walk back. I think though this would be a good beginner, introductory hike for someone new to it...better than sitting indoors!

Flávia Menezes
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boring.

D Jones
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Walking

Ok trip that is conveniently near Portland. It never really gives a feel like you are away from the urban center, though.

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