Explore the most popular birding trails near Gresham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Sandy River Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked 7/1. Great for kids. $5.00 entry into park. Feels secluded and peaceful. Trail is easy but still feels like a hike, not overly trodden. Only saw 1 other couple all morning. The river is really neat; you can get out there through the grass easily, and the rocky shoreline is a lot of fun for just playing around or being peaceful. Probably good fishing too. Some mosquitoes but nothing crazy. Would definitely do again.

04/26/2018
Fun trail with plenty of choices. Powell Butte has number of trails to choose from. It's mostly flat open area, but there's some woodsy areas as well. Family friendly, easy going trails. Feels like an alpine desert. Nice place for beginners.

I enjoyed this short nature hike loop in Gresham. It has a pristine feel once you enter the coverage of the tall trees. It connects to the Gresham Butte Saddle Trail to the north. Dogs and bikes are not allowed because it is a sensitive wildlife habitat.

trail running
1 month ago

with beautiful views & cool information posted on the plant/animal life in the surrounding area, with also a super cool physical display that shows the water system&how it works. just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids!

trails are great&maintained well, some steep spots for a stroller but good multiple options for trails.

I do wish there were swings at least for the kids for afterwards.

Most definitely relaxing, easy hiking, family friendly, and it's pretty amazing to see their old growth forest, the amazing HUGE trees!

I almost always see wildlife here including: deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, otters, beaver, osprey, and many other types of birds.

This was an easy hike and I love that my fur baby was able to accompany me. There are clear signs of where to drive up to and park. It’s a clean and organized environment as far as parks and hiking trails go. A lot of the trails are paved with some that are more of a natural terrain. I saw people also biking on these trails. My little family went on the Mountain Trail and then the Horsetail Trail to loop back to the visitor center and parking lot area. It was a short loop of maybe 1-2 miles.

This was a great park, there are many trails that weave around. When two trails intersect there are yellow signs that help guide you.
If your looking for a trail with no one else around this is not for you. It is pretty heavily trafficked but not over crowded.

Wide open area at the top with fabulous views of Helens, Hood and Cascade Range. Lots of forests around the base with smooth dirt trails. A very nice new entrance with parking lots, bathrooms, water fountains, benches, information and sculptures. Trails range from paved, to gravel to dirt. Horse trails too so watch out for piles! Busy on nice days but so many trails to chose from!

Easy and relaxing

meh. lots of dog poop on the ground, not many trees. crowded.

I love getting off work early and doing this quick loop... Rain or shine it's always enjoyable!

hiking
6 months ago

A nice hike well above the Sandy River. Not sure why they refer to this hike as Oxbow CG. There is not a CG. This hike starts at the end of a road in a wooded residential area. There are 6 “No parking at any time” signs at the TH. I parked in a small lot less then 1/4 mi back down the road and walked to the TH.
A nice hike that descends to a bluff area where you hike the loop and then ascend back to the TH. Peek-a-boo views of Mt Hood and Sandy River.

Lots of greenery and would’ve been a great view if it wasn’t so cloudy. Easy hike. Done December 5, 2017.

Did a version of All Trails loop that was beautiful with leaves turning. Did notice, though, that All Trails trail names seldom correlated to trail markers or locator maps. Still, lovely hike.

This is one of our favorites in the area. This route is nice, but we like to take a left at the Elderberry trail from the Cedar Grove trail and follow it along the forest until it hits the Service Road, then take the road straight to the water tank info center and parking lot. It adds an extra 10-15 minutes. It's not a hard hike and is not too uphill, but has a nice balance of meadows and woods. Rained on us, but still was very pretty.

on Sandy River Trail

8 months ago

Great hike to do with the young ones. Lots of exploring options.

Nice views. Busy, family friendly. Shorter than anticipated.

Bit smokey outside and warm. Nice area and can make it a longer walk if desired.

Love coming here so many trails easy to get to beautiful views on clear days

trail running
11 months ago

Underpopulated as usual.

trail running
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great for trail running.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This is a great little urban hike with well marked trails. Definitely an easy stroll even with a little bit of elevation, part gravel trail / part paved trail, and plenty of gazing at Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens on clear days. Trails are mostly through beautiful wild flower fields so dress for the elements, rain or shine. Open for dogs, bikes, and horses alike.

Great views good trials good for all levels

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great trails, lots of variety. Wooded dirt trails nice and quiet, beautiful wide open spaces gravel trails, and easy going paved paths. Dogs have to be on leash, which I personally don't care for. I'll take a off leash dog park over any place any day. It was a great easy walk though. Nice to just stroll and take in all the beautiful scenery.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great views

Great outdoor experience with my loved ones. Great views, routes and overall fantastic workout.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Hiked it today and added a few other little trails to make it just under 5 miles....one can add even more.

I really liked the terrine, at the top was grassland and loads of red tail hawks. The back side was wooded and mossy. The trail was a little muddy on the back side but one could always get around it.

There were a ton of dogs and many were not leashed - it was the Sunday of a 3 day weekend so maybe there were a lot of not so typical user out today?

Although the parking lot was about 30% full the trail further out was very quiet.

I ran across only 3 mt bikers, all were very nice and used proper trail etiquette.

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