Oaks Bottom

Oaks Park

Easy 2.8-mile loop

100 feet elevation gain

Open all year

Use: hikers, bicycles

In the midst of the city but shielded by a 100-foot cliff, the animals in this riverside wildlife refuge don’t seem to realize they’re in a metropolis. As you hike the trail around these wetlands you’re almost certain to see ducks, beaver-gnawed trees, and great blue herons calmly fishing for frogs. But wildlife watching isn’t the only reason this trip is a hit with families. At the far end of the loop you can visit Oaks Park, an old-timey carnival midway complete with kiddy rides and refreshment stands.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.