Oxbow Nature Trail

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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Oxbow Nature Trail


  • Giant horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea).- Oxbow Nature Trail
  • Non-native foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).- Oxbow Nature Trail
  • Gravel road and the trail up to Elk Meadow.- Oxbow Nature Trail
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Oxbow Nature Trail
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  • Manroot (Marah oreganus).- Oxbow Nature Trail
  • Orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa).- Oxbow Nature Trail
  • Sandy River looking east.- Oxbow Nature Trail
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  • Black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus).- Oxbow Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Proximity to Portland. Campground. Old-growth forest.
Parts of the trail go through the campground.
Portland Metro Area, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Big, old-growth trees typically have a few things in common: they grow in temperate climates with significant rainfall,  they live on protected land, and they are close to rivers.  Oxbow Regional Park provides all of the above, and the Oxbow Nature Trail will lead you into the heart of the old-growth forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, bigleaf maple, red alder, black cottonwood and western red cedar.  Really, any combination of the trails in the park will make for a great hike. The nature trail, however, is perfect for exploring the variety of the area.  This includes the old-growth forest, a long stretch of the Sandy River shoreline and Elk Meadow, where you’re likely to run into black-tailed deer.

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