Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

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5 days 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.

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5 days 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.

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5 days 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
5 days 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
5 days ago

Today I hiked nearly every segment of this loop along with nearly every other trail in Mary S. Young State Recreation Area. I have to say this general vicinity is one of my favorites in the park, primarily because of the proximity to water views. The bridge at the southeast corner was completely submerged in water, so it took a little Naruto never-give-up-my-way-of-ninja persistence to cross without getting my feet wet.

hiking
5 days 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.

My first visit to the gorgeous Camassia Natural Area. I made it my goal to explore every single trail, and I believe I succeeded. Most of the trails are covered with nice bark dust or composite planks. This loop has more boardwalks than most parks, and they are well done. There were some mosquitoes due to the swampy conditions, but I kept moving to leave them in the dust. Tons of beautiful wildflowers. I also explored every path in the "High School Natural Area" which connects to West Linn High School at multiple points. Eventually I'd like to go back and explore the "Wilderness Area" which this trail connects to by crossing Clark Street at the far north out and back segment.

Very kid friendly. Go soon because purple flowers are almost gone.

05/01/18. Did 2 loops to alleviate the stress in my life and Camassia did not disappoint today. Wildflowers are currently peaking. Don’t wait another week.

anything in the city, in this case West Linn, that has old growth Douglas Fir is sweer. lots of intersecting trails so you can stretch it oht.

nice trails but too close to the freeway.
will go again.

trail running
3 months ago

This is the best trail for quick escape from the city into the wilderness, hard to believe this is so close to the city, it's perfect! I trail run the loop a few times and love it :)

The trail is well maintained. Great easy hike for a 2 year-old. The little one enjoyed climbing the boulders on and near the trail. Caution - keep toddlers close because there are a couple spots that have nice views with precipitous, unguarded drops. When we enjoyed those spots I kept a hand on him and was glad I hadn't let him out of sight or reach.

very quiet, nice walk

Beautiful! .. but severely overgrown!

It is a great place for kids to begin hiking. If they like birds the ospray come in really close.

Not the best for jogging stroller. very pretty there are even some rare Myrtle trees. be sure to wear your babies in a pack of some sort.

Fantastic natural place!

Did on 05/25/17. This is owned by The Nature Conservancy and is maintained to reflect the unique vegetation types found prior to European settlement of the Willamette Valley. It serves as an outdoor classroom to discus the value of oak savanna habitats, and as a reserve for plants and animals of this typology. Well worth going for a quick stroll since the trail less than a mile.

Easy to find, Great trail. Plenty loop options to choose from and yet it is all very cleared marked. Not much to see view wise but the trail was big enough I feel left some path to be explored so I'd say I would come back again.

nature trips
Sunday, March 05, 2017

great hidden preserve. Native flower plant folks will love it. Word of caution: There is poison oak in the preserve.

walking
Friday, January 06, 2017

I walk it everyday it's my backyard

birding
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Great nature trail that is well maintained by the Nature Conservancy.

walking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Very peaceful with great mountain views. Definite noise from freeway and school. Very short flat loop trail that is best in spring when covered in wildflowers.

hiking
6 days ago

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