Directions: Drive south from Portland on I-205 to the West Linn Exit # 8 and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. After going under the highway, turn uphill onto Willamette Falls Drive just before the gas station. (This is the last right turn before coming to the bridge over the Willamette River, so if you find yourself on the bridge, you went too far). After one block, Willamette Falls Road turns 90 degrees to the left; continue on Willamette Falls Road for .25 mile. Veer right onto Sunset Avenue, which continues uphill, passing over I-205. Take the first right onto Walnut Street, which ends at the preserve entrance and parking area.
It was hard to believe that we hadn’t visited this beautiful area before- it’s amazing!
From the small parking area get on the trail and quickly come to a board with brochures, in it is a map with a self-guided loop. It’s an easy loop that’s very well marked so we will just hit the highlights in this post.
The trail is a mix of boardwalk and wood chips which makes for a nice quiet walk. The boardwalk sections take you through marshy/boggy areas that are very green in the spring. There are a few rocky meadow sections that are covered in camas and rosy plectritis, it’s so pretty but very delicate so please stay on the trail and don’t pick any of the flowers.
It’s a great place to bird watch as well. We saw a number of birds and there is a large Osprey nest on a cell tower.
Later April through early May is the best time to visit if you are hoping to see the flowers but this would be a great place to visit year round.
Distance: 1.5 miles (easy)
Elevation: 150 feet (easy
Pet Friendly: No. Dogs are not allowed in this area.
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: None
Popular: Yes during peak bloom time