Portland June 29, 2017
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Portland Like Never Before
With ample waterways surrounding the city, there are a lot of beaches around town that become overrun as soon as the weather warms up. While some beaches are super popular, you may not know about these hidden beaches around town, and they are certainly worth a visit to cool down. Take this epic road trip exploring some of the areas most well-kept beach secrets for an awesome look into the many reasons we call Portland home.
1. Poet's Beach
Located right downtown, this beach is not necessarily hidden, but it is not very well known either. Under the Marquam Bridge, this beach has been a project of the Human Access Project for years, cleaning and improving the beach for recreation. While the beach has been accessible for years, the official opening of the beach is July 13, 2017.
2. Warrior Point
Take the 7-mile round trip trek on Sauvie Island to pass by some of the most remote beachfront around. While there is not any beach actually at the lighthouse destination, you will pass through several swaths of beach on the way there, and most likely won't pass a soul until you get back to the more crowded Collins and Walton beaches.
3. Oxbow Regional Park.
There is plenty of room at this park, so even if it is crowded you can find your own quiet spot and feel hidden away. Located on the banks of the Sandy River, this is a fun place to access the river year round.
4. Vancouver Lake
This lake is not hidden to Washingtonians, but over here in Portland, it is not on everyone's radar. Complete with stunning views of Mt. Hood, some great shallow swimming, and an expansive beach with plenty of space for recreation, you are going to want to visit this spot more after you take a trip there.
5. Rooster Rock State Park
There are several beaches at this Columbia River park, including a clothing optional one. Don't let that deter you though, as it is well hidden away and there are other beaches you can explore if you don't want to experience a nude beach.
6. Broughton Beach
Right along Marine Drive, you may never have noticed this beach along the Columbia River. The airport certainly won't hide itself, as you will hear plenty of planes coming and going if you stay long enough, but this close-in beach is the perfect place for a quick trip to the beach that doesn't require too much driving.
What is your favorite hidden beach? Let us know in the comments below.