Strawberry Island (Winter)

Directions: Take I-84 East to Cascade Locks and cross Bridge Of The Gods ($2 toll). Take a left onto Highway 14 and drive for about 2.5 miles. Take a left onto N Bonneville Drive and then a right onto W Cascade Drive. Take another left onto Portage Drive, Portage ends at a baseball field and parking area.

The loop around Strawberry Island is about 3 miles but you could easily add another mile if you take all the side trails.

From the parking area take the little trail that enters into a large grassy area with a sign for Strawberry Island Loop. We chose to take the trail clockwise so we started up a small hill that gives you great views of Hamilton Mountain and Beacon Rock. Once you reach the top of the hill you will come to a group of benches and a 4-way intersection, as well as views of Bonneville Dam. Going straight takes you down a ways to a view of the Columbia and going right will continue on with the loop and give you even better views of Beacon Rock.

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After you’ve explored the side trails enough go right at the intersection and start to slowly head downhill. You will get great views of the Columbia and start to hear and see many birds. At this point we saw 5 or 6 Flickers and a Bald Eagle! Soon you will come to another intersection, going left takes you to a bench with a great view and to a nice marshy area with water birds. Going right continues on with the loop. It’s worth it to take the short trip left towards the river.

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Continue on around the loop which stays pretty evenly graded the rest of the way. On your left will be more marshy areas and some tall trees. This is the area where we saw many Red-Tailed Hawks. Continue on a short distance until you reach the end of the loop.

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One thing of note is that this trail is VERY muddy during fall and winter. It’s definitely passable but the mud can be really thick and slippery in areas.

 

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation: 25 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: Easy trail with nice views of the Gorge, definitely coming back in spring to see the wildflowers.

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