Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
410.00 ft (124.97 m)
Trail type
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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Sandy River Park is a 124 acre park located right outside of downtown Sandy, Oregon. The land was purchased by the City of Sandy in 2002 from the Ray Schoppert family. Prior to the purchase the property was designated as timberland, having been previously logged in 1994.

Today the park can be enjoyed via a short hike that leads to the Sandy River. Begin by parking along Southeast Marcy Street (being respectful not to block any of the resident’s driveways or mailboxes). The trail begins at road’s end. This initial stretch resembles more of an old road than a trail, and that’s because it once was an old logging road. Before long the trail dives to the left and comes to a junction. Here you have the choice to continue straight on the Sandy River Trail or follow the Jim Slagle Trail. Regardless of which way you choose, they both connect to form a loop later on.

The highlight of the park is, of course, the Sandy River. The vegetation turns lusher as you near the river, and the trail begins to descend steeply in sections. On your right you’ll notice Cedar Creek as it flows into the main channel of the Sandy here. Chinook Salmon return to spawn here in the fall, and Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery is located just upstream. This makes the area extremely popular with fishermen and you’ll likely see many lining the shores here.

A slightly overgrown trail can be hiked alongside the Sandy River for a distance. The river here makes a large oxbow (u turn). Once you’ve enjoyed the scenic river, head back up the trail. At the near junction I’d recommend taking whichever trail you didn’t on the way down, that way you can enjoy the full loop.

While in the area, be sure to check out next door Jonsrud Viewpoint for an amazing view of Mount Hood and the Sandy River Valley.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Close to town. Great access to Sandy River.


Muddy in winter.

Trailhead Elevation

819.00 ft (249.63 m)

Highest point

819.00 ft (249.63 m)


Near lake or river
Family friendly
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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