Location: Sauvie Island, Oregon. Originally known as Wappatoo Island. The ancestral home to the Multnomah Indians of the Chinook Tribe.
Round trip/Gain: 7 miles/0ish elevation gain
Permit: Fish & Wildlife permit. You can get a day pass or year round one at the Cracker Barrel store.
I love Sauvie Island. It is such a gem and so close to home. The perfect easy nature trip. I did this trail years ago (January 22, 2014, as indicated in a photo below) and it’s ridiculous that it’s taken me so long to return. This was SUCH A GOOD DAY! I think I’ve turned into someone who loves group hiking! Sort of. Sometimes. I guess when I’m leading the group? This group was fantastic. Super mindful of everyone, stayed together. It was supposed to rain, but ended up being sunny until the last mile or so, as if to remind us of our good fortune to that point.
You can theoretically do this as a loop when the tide is low enough (prob only in September), but in wet NW Oregon that’s rare and walking in sand sucks. What I do is walk along the beach for a bit, maybe a half mile, before turning back up to the main trail. There is a really easy trail inlet near the second tower. There’s another inlet by the third tower, but you’ve gotta heave your bod up a small bank that might not be doable for some. Still, just know that as you walk along the shore, you are walking parallel to the main trail. If you’re paying attention and the weather is okay, you’ll actually see the little lighthouse three miles down the shoreline.
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