Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
40.00 ft (12.19 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
6.20 mi (9.98 km)
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The 10-kilometer loop around Oxbow Slough is a wonderful way to explore Minto-Brown Island Park. Well signed and easy to follow, this loop can be hiked clockwise or counter-clockwise. If walking clockwise, you’ll soon come to the mighty Willamette River. This river is responsible for the wetland/floodplain environment that makes up the majority of Minto-Brown Island Park. You’ll continue alongside the river for a while before taking a right and moving into terrain with more trees and meadows.

The 10-kilometer loop trail soon crosses the entrance road and follows it back toward where you first entered the park. The trail then veers toward a small pond, where you’ll find a fishing dock. Soon you’ll come to the Oxbow Slough. For the remainder of the loop you’ll be walking around this swampy area until you arrive back at the parking lot. The 10-kilometer loop is mostly flat and paved the entire way. While it is great for bicycling, runners/hikers may find it hard on the feet if used to walking on dirt trails.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

A great 10k loop for walking or biking. Close to Salem.

Cons

Can be busy. Trails are completely flat.

Trailhead Elevation

140.00 ft (42.67 m)

Highest point

148.00 ft (45.11 m)

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Fishing
Family friendly
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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