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

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike for my young family. The trail is well maintained and not too difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

Today I hiked this general loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. It's a nice chunk of the park, though I also recommend incorporating a visit to the river since it's relatively close.

hiking
2 months ago

Today I hiked this loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. This corner of the park gives a warm, nostalgic feeling. It's one of those places I would want to just hang out with a bunch of loved ones, eating good food, watching the kids have a blast. Like I wanted to just pause here and collect my thoughts. Had I brought my journal I probably would have done just that. It's the corner that speaks with the loudest effervescence "Yep, I'm a state park indeed." You almost expect there to be campsites around the corner, but unfortunately there are not. Day use only. A bunch of nicely situated picnic tables and a wonderful, covered gazebo-ish structure (reservations required) complete the set. The nature trail loop is a nice appendage where kids can be constrained to without worrying about them wandering off too far.

hiking
2 months ago

Today I hiked the Trillium Trail along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. I have to say this isn't the most interesting route within Mary S Young SRA. It is best complimented with more variety and raw nature by creating a loop via connected trails. I think there are also more Trillium flowers in other areas of the park, but I do like when each section of trail has a unique name identifier, so let's not get too technical! :) The best redeeming trait of this route is that it subdivides the park straight in half. It is also (mostly?) paved and flat, so quite accessible.

hiking
2 months ago

Today I hiked this route along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. I didn't rate this route as high as the others because it's kind of a weird route. It's not just the Fern Trail, but also a random section of Trillium Trail. Plus, it's a needless out-and-back when there are tons of ways to make it into a loop without adding much if any distance. It's also one of the less interesting sections of trail, especially the Trillium section that passes near the sports fields and playground.

hiking
2 months ago

Today I hiked this route along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. There is no lame trail within this awesome park, but I gave this one 3 stars only because it is "less interesting" than most of the others. The diagonal route skirts the side of the sports fields, so there is less a feel of walking through untouched nature. Plus, with all the available loop options in the park, it doesn't really make sense to do an out-and back. Even so, this section is nice in its own right. If you keep looking to the west there is nature - big trees and wetlands to be exact. I found it quite interesting to see how the level of the water was higher than the trail, but the park staff magically kept the water from flooding the trail by using logs and sandbags. Impressive.

hiking
2 months ago

Today I hiked nearly every segment of this outer park loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. While this route isn't necessarily the "best of" the park in one loop, it offers a well rounded, satisfying experience. I recommend including some of the trails with elevation change and more "raw" scenery near the river, especially to the northeast of the park.

hiking
15 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

walking
Monday, July 10, 2017

walking
Thursday, April 20, 2017