Warrior Rock Lighthouse

Saint Helens, Oregon

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This route takes you to the tip of Sauvie Island and Warrior Rock Lighthouse. You’ll have excellent views of the Columbia River and opportunities to view abundant wildlife. Escape from the city to enjoy the solitude of this island hike. The route travels through a thick cottonwood forest to the northern tip of Sauvie Island along the sandy shores of the Columbia River. Large freighters, tugs, and other ships can be seen sailing up the Columbia to the Port of Portland. Wildlife abounds—from great blue herons to bald eagles—not to mention some of the bovine species. At your halfway point you can view the whitewashed beacon of Warrior Rock Lighthouse, which rests on a sandy beach at the tip of the island.The original lighthouse, built in 1889, was a two-story structure resting on a sandstone foundation and featured a distinctive fog bell. The original lighthouse was replaced in the 1930s with the current 28-foot-tall concrete lighthouse.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Portland, Oregon

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Portland, Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

This route takes you to the tip of Sauvie Island and Warrior Rock Lighthouse. You’ll have excellent views of the Columbia River and opportunities to view abundant wildlife.

Escape from the city to enjoy the solitude of this island hike. The route travels through a thick cottonwood forest to the northern tip of Sauvie Island along the sandy shores of the Columbia River. Large freighters, tugs, and other ships can be seen sailing up the Columbia to the Port of Portland. Wildlife abounds—from great blue herons to bald eagles—not to mention some of the bovine species.

At your halfway point you can view the whitewashed beacon of Warrior Rock Lighthouse, which rests on a sandy beach at the tip of the island.The original lighthouse, built in 1889, was a two-story structure resting on a sandstone foundation and featured a distinctive fog bell. The original lighthouse was replaced in the 1930s with the current 28-foot-tall concrete lighthouse.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Saint Helens
Length: 6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Local Maps: USGS St. Helens
Topo Map: Warrior Rock Lighthouse Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Portland, Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2010

Wait at least two weeks after the rainy season ends before attempting this trail. The trail itself is beautiful, and we will be going back in August when the blackberries are in season, but trying to go the first nonrainy weekend of the season was a mistake. We ended up only getting about a mile in before being flooded out. You also have to walk directly through a cow pasture, as the directions say, but be warned that this pasture has a lot of stinging nettles, so wear thick pants, and shoes that can get a little cow dung on them. After the pasture the trail was well established and almost completely empty. Can't wait to try it again.

8/6/2006

The trail was almost completely overgrown with tall brush and blackberry brambles which made it difficult getting through. That being said it was still a really good time. Great views from the beach and delicious blackberries.

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