Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake

Sauvie Island

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake

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  • Wapato Access Greenway is located off of Sauvie Island Road.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • The Wapato Access Greenway Trailhead.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • The trail begins as a wide road but soon narrows into a path.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • A covered picnic area is available for outings in inclement weather.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • A wildlife viewing platform is positioned on the shores of Virginia Lake.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • Virginia Lake from the Wapato Access Greenway.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • Wapato Access Greenway.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • - Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • Virginia Lake's seasonal fluctuations create a marshy wetland in winter.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • Wapato Access Greenway.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • The Multnomah Channel diverges from the Willamette River just prior to its confluence with the Columbia River, forming Sauvie Island's western waterway.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • Virginia Lake viewed from Wapato Access Greenway.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • Virginia Lake's seasonal fluctuations create a marshy wetland in winter.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • A bird blind is a great resource for birders exploring this rich habitat.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • The view from the bird blind on the Wapato Access Greenway.- Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
  • - Wapato Access Greenway Trail + Virginia Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Family friendly. Abundant wildlife. Lake and river. Close to the city.
Cons: 
Moderate use. No restrooms or trash cans.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
35.00 ft (10.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Wapato Access Greenway Trail circles Virginia Lake, which sits at the heart of the 15-acre Wapato Access Greenway State Park on Sauvie Island. This 2.5-mile loop is a fantastic choice if you are in the Portland area looking for a quick escape. The trail is virtually level, stays very wide, and has plenty of places to stop and watch for birds and other wildlife. And this makes it an ideal hike for families with young children; you'll have plenty to explore, and you'll never be more than mile from the parking lot if moods and/or weather are working against you.

As you leave from the trailhead, stay right at the first junction to reach the sheltered picnic area and the path to an excellent viewing platform. There is also a bird blind just a little southeast from the platform. The trail spends some time along the Multnomah Channel, which breaks off from the Willamette River just before its confluence with the Columbia River. This is a prime habitat for birds, so bring your binoculars and watch for red-breasted sapsuckers, yellow warblers, pied-billed grebes, and great blue herons. Doubtless you'll also hear a few Pacific chorus frogs as well.

Less than a 30-minute drive from Portland, the Wapato Access Greenway does get some attention, especially on sunny days. Because of the heavy use this area receives, it is imperative to respect the land and other users. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leash for habitat protection, safety, and sanitation reasons. Please clean up after your pet. And note that there are no vault toilets, restrooms, or garbage cans at the trailhead.

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