Wapato Loop Trail

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Wapato Loop Trail is a 2.3 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.

2.3 miles
55 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


A great year-round bird-watching loop on Sauvie Island. This walking loop around the Wapato Access Greenway State Park on Sauvie Island is a great destination year-round for bird watching. This loop will take you to a viewpoint over a marshy area where you may see herons and various song birds, to Hadley's Landing over the Multnomah Channel, then around the north end of the park back to the car.

12 days ago

I have taken this trail many times in different seasons. My husky loves the areas to explore. Easy trail but can get muddy during the rainy months. Summertime is great, and there is a picnicking area should you want to add a stop. The loop is well travelled and is easy to follow; additionally, there are wildlife information postings to add to the education of the area especially nice for those not having been here before.

2 months ago

Very nice walk with my sons, we wished we had brought binoculars to see the birds better!

5 months ago

Pleasant walk around marshes. Simple and flat. Nice for catching up with a friend.

8 months ago

Great for hiking with toddler. It was mostly flat and easy to walk without a lot of roots in the path.

9 months ago

Nice short easy hike close to home. The only drawback was the people who left their dogs poo bags near the beginning of the trail.

11 months ago

Great for berry picking. My son had a great time here.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Flat, very pretty, hardly anyone there ☺

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The trail is pretty easy. This time of year you have lots of mud puddles to deal with and part of the trail was in the pond at one end so you cannot really do the loop in the wet spring. April

Monday, April 03, 2017

A great beginner trail. Very muddy at this time of year (March) but still beautiful.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

some flooding, some mud, some people, lots of snakes, good walk

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nice easy trail, has lots of water birds and great views of the lake. Could be done with a jogging stroller. Was a little muddy so our dog needed a good bath when we got home. Also according to my phone it was a 5 mile loop not 2.4.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Great short trail. Not too muddy or crowded.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nice, flat, well-maintained trail. Not super inspiring but great for kids.

Monday, June 06, 2016

love this quick easy loop it can get quite muddy but wild life is amazing

Monday, May 30, 2016

Numerous Pacific tree frogs amongst the leaves and sprinkled with cottony pods all over side trail to dick and water edge nice very flat and clear nice walk

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Wapato Loop offers the perfect forest escape in the Portland/Vancouver area, which is saying something. I think it might just be my favorite easy hike in our region. The trail is as green as it is peaceful.

The Wapato Loop offers the sense of being lost in the woods without causing you to be in fact lost in the woods. It's an easy trek, and the trail is defined well enough so that you never feel at a loss of direction.

At the center of the loop is a big duck pond, which is appealing in a very modest sense. There's a wide variety of plant life on the loop, including some very ancient oaks.

While not officially a part of the trail, the docks on the southern tip of the Wapato Loop are an easy stroll. The best water views on the trail can be had from here, and there are even picnic tables not too far away from the docks themselves.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Nice, peaceful trail with, during the right time of year, lots of cranes and other water fowl to be seen in the wetland area. Great trail for running!

Monday, April 06, 2015

It is a very beautiful and peaceful trail.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A nice easy dog-friendly wide path around the duck pond. Saw a few deer but no fowl in November. Very relaxing. Adequate parking, picnic tables a few hundred yards away.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A decent 2 mile hike. Very easy. Has a few areas you can picnic at with tables. We went in the middle of September so there was no "lake".

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Great little loop, perfect for young kids. There is a duck blind, views of Virginia Lake, and a little offshoot to a great dock to stop and eat lunch or fish. Picnic tables also scattered around. Saw small wildlife, flowers as well. My 3 year old did it with me and loved it - he wants to go back.

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