Sauvie Island

Portland, Oregon 97231

Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island Professional Guide

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"This easy road loop around the southern end of Sauvie Island—the largest river island in the United States—is another classic Portland ride, loved by casual riders and weekend warriors alike. The roads lack shoulders, but traffic is low and people around here are used to cyclists.

The only time likely to be busy—also the best time to visit—is autumn, when people flock to the island for hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and Halloween fun. Sauvie Island is a special place, a world apart despite its proximity to Portland."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"Oak Island is actually a peninsula in a lake on an island in a river. It’s also very much a stroll out in the country. You’ll even pass crops. But even the crops are part of a plan by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage waterfowl in this area— and waterfowl is what Oak Island is all about. Sauvie Island (named for Laurent Sauvé, a French Canadian employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company) is a rest stop for migratory birds." Read more
"Sauvie Island is one of the best sites in the state for wintering waterfowl and raptors. Most of the southern half of the island is privately owned farmland. While driving along the main roads in winter, be alert for large flocks of waterfowl, gulls, or blackbirds in the farm fields and raptors on the utility poles. There are few places to safely pull over, so be careful not to block traffic. Much of the northern half of the island is included in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The wildlife area is made up of wetlands, grasslands, lakes, and sand beach. This chapter contains information about birding around the following areas: Wapato Access Greenway State Park (aka Virginia Lake) and Oak Island Coon Point Rentenaar Road Reeder Road Specialty birds in these areas include: Snow and Cackling Geese; Tundra Swan; Sandhill Crane; Bald Eagle; Rough-legged Hawk; Merlin; Peregrine Falcon; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Purple Martin; White-breasted Nuthatch and White-throated Sparrow." Read more

Sauvie Island Reviews

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For me, the untold story (and beautiful surprise) is that above Multnomah Falls is the beautiful creek (duh!) ... AND two more rather significant waterfalls that almost no one has ever heard of. Ecola Falls and Weisendanger Falls. At this time of year, nearly half of the total trail was covered with up to 3 inches of snow.
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This 5.5 mile loop is one of the most magnificent trails that I have been on. I hiked from Wahkeena to Multnomah. The first part of the trail to Lemmon’s overlook (.25 miles) is just a nice walk along to face of the cliff along a dozen switchbacks. After the overlook, the trail goes along the Wahkeena brook crossing the brook with tree bridges. At the third bridge, there is another stunning waterfall (1.mile). After a few more switchbacks there is a opportunity to go directly toward the larch mt. trail or continue up to Wahkeena springs. I have done both. And I highly recommend going to the springs. Continuing up on the Wahkeena trail there is another fork. Go to the right for about 100 yards to the springs, agreat place to take a break (1.9 miles). Go back on the trail to the fork aqnd take a right towards the Larch Mt. trail. After an easy mile almost flat hike, there is a fork with signs pointing to Multnomah Falls. The hike is down-hill and can be treacherous. On the trip down the upper Multnomah Falls must be seen to be believed. After the upper falls the trail is paved, easy, full of tourists but still beutiful
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Beautiful hike once you get above the crowded Multnomah Falls overlooks

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Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
1 hour
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