Portland August 25, 2017
This Easy Beach Trail Is A Perfect Last-Minute Summer Hike In Portland
If you are looking for a lovely hike to round out the last bit of summer, this is the hike for you. Situated where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers meet, Kelley Point Park has a lovely loop trail that is a great walk for nature lovers, families and anyone wanting to get out into the world without having to plan to be away a whole day.
At just 1.7 miles, this trail is easy to knock out, but long enough to make you feel like you got a workout.
Paved for much of the loop, the trail picks up at the South Lot, and leads directly into a forest of cottonwood trees.
When you reach a junction, follow the paved trail to the left and pass through a lovely field of daisies and an old walnut orchard.
You will travel along the Columbia Slough, and if you brought a picnic, this serene spot is a wonderful place to enjoy it.
Cormorants and gulls are prevalent here, and if you keep a close watch, you can even spot a turtle or two.
Continue along the trail and you will pass by along the Willamette River.
Follow the bark chip trail down to the beach and continue the hike and take note of your surroundings.
Across the Willamette, you can see the shores of Sauvie Island, and both Mt. Hood and Mt St. Helens are visible from the beach on a clear day.
You will pass by an old anchor, and you will almost be back to where you started. Continue inland to the paved path, and continue to the left until the trail passes a restroom, merges with a sandy trail, and then returns to paved, before you reach the South Lot.
This is a great end of summer hike when temperatures are still warm, but not sweltering. However, the park is open year round so if you miss it now, keep this easy loop in mind later in the year when you want to get out of the house for a little exercise and fresh air. Leashed dogs are allowed at the park.
Have you been on this hike? What is your favorite part? Let us know in the comments below.