Warrior Rock Lighthouse

Saint Helens, Oregon

Warrior Rock Lighthouse Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Warrior Rock Lighthouse Reviews

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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.
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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Trail Information

Saint Helens
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Local Contacts
USGS St. Helens
Local Maps

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Jun 2018