Directions: From downtown Portland take Highway 26 to exit 57 (Glencoe Road). Turn left and follow this road that eventually turns into Hillsboro Highway for about 6 miles. You will see signs for Jackson Bottom. Take a left into the wetland, there is a building for the wetland and clean water services building with a parking area.
Before you head out grab a map at the information kiosk.
From the parking area head to the wooden staircase that takes you down to the Tualatin River. We followed along this trail for a while stopping at the viewpoints and ending at Vic’s Grove, there was a lot of wild rose and a few birds in this area. Head back from Vic’s Grove and go right at the fork where you walk along Kingfisher Marsh. You can’t see much of the marsh from this side, it’s got a lot of plant growth surrounding it. Soon you’ll reach a bridge over a small stream that takes you to Pintail Pond.
You can go all the way around Pintail Pond. We saw a good amount of birds here, there are a lot of swallow houses on poles so they are all over. Down along the edges of the pond we saw a family of spotted sandpipers and a few killdeer. As we continued on we came to a group of quail and a few mourning dove. They also have a huge osprey nest and we were able to see them flying around.
After finishing the Pintail Pond loop head back out and go north towards a bird blind that looks out over an unnamed marsh area. We saw a large group of american white pelicans as well as cormorants here. Keep following the main trail and go left where you walk in between two marsh areas. Here we saw a black-headed grosbeak and a sora. Keep following this trail uphill where it takes you to the education center and the parking area.
This is a great place for kids and bird watchers. There’s a lot of different areas that attract a good amount of birds.
Distance: 3 miles (easy)
Elevation: 130 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: No, dogs are not allowed anywhere in Jackson Bottom.
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area and in the education center.
Parking Fee: A $2 donation is recommended
Popular: Yes on nice weekends