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Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • View along Oaks Bottom's North Woodland Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Intersection with Bluff Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Pond near intersection with Bluff Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Pond near intersection with Bluff Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Oaks Bottom's River View Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View across the Willamette River toward Hardtack Island (Ross Island) from the River View Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View across the Willamette River toward Hardtack Island (Ross Island) from the River View Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View south along the Springwater Corridor.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Herb Robert (geranium robertianum).- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View along Bluff Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Squirrel along Bluff Trail.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Canada geese (branta canadensis).- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Canada geese (branta canadensis).- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View looking north across Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View across Oaks Bottom toward the Portland Memorial Mausoleum's remarkable mural.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • The mural by ArtFX is now the largest hand-painted building mural in North America at 55,000 square feet.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • View north along the Springwater Corridor.- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Sitka willow (Salix sitchensis).- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Oaks Bottom Hiking Trails
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Proximity to city. Well-maintained. Bird watching in early summer.
Cons: 
Lots of pedestrian and bicycle traffic along Springwater Corridor.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
190.00 ft (57.91 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is located just south of downtown Portland on the east side of the Willamette River and across from Ross Island. It was named the city’s first wildlife refuge in 1988, and in 2004 it was designated the city’s first migratory bird park.

During the 1970s the area’s fate was in jeopardy. The marshland had long been separated from the Willamette by the raised rail bed that is now the Springwater Corridor; the southern portion had been a sanitary landfill; the northern portion had become a waste area for debris left from the construction of I-405; and developers contemplated using the entire area to expand the Oaks Amusement Park. After years of debate, and with a little luck, a reclamation effort spearheaded by the Audubon Society of Portland, the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement Society, and The Nature Conservancy finally convinced the city that it was a natural area worth saving.

Today, the Oaks Bottom Trail system allows you to explore this marvelously preserved wetland. It is comprised of both intertwining gravel and paved paths, and lookout platforms enable visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of the local fauna. As of 2010, 185 bird species have been documented at the refuge, including osprey, egrets, great blue herons, and numerous waterfowl.

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