7 miles round trip
No elevation gain
Open except during floods
At the tip of Oregon’s largest island, this woodsy hike along the Columbia River leads to a miniature lighthouse and a secluded, sandy beach. Because the route is within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, you can expect to spot great blue herons, geese, or even a bald eagle—particularly in winter. It’s also fun to watch ocean-going freighters steam past, and at the end of the island there’s a view across to the picturesque old town of St. Helens. High water sometimes closes the trail here in May—and can hatch mosquitoes in June.
To reach the starting point of the hike...
Walk through a fence opening...
Hikers who wish to return on a slightly different route...
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.