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Sandy River Delta (Winter)

Directions: Take I-84 East to exit 18 and take a right at the stop sign. Follow the road under the freeway to the parking area.

We started this hike on an unmarked trail that is near the entrance gate to the parking area. We followed this dirt and gravel trail straight and through an open area where there is an intersecting trail that you can take either left or right. We went right and followed this trail that’s up above the open meadow area you just walked through. The trail continues for a while before coming to an open area where you can see power lines and off to your right you can see the big open grass area that has a main trail running through it.

      

Head down to the main trail, where you get a nice view of Mt. Hood, and go left following it along a section of the Sandy River and to a bird blind. You can go past the blind a bit and get a view of the Columbia River. From here head back out and follow the main trail back through the open grassy area as it winds back around to the parking area.

      

The Sandy River Delta is the areas largest off-leash dog park, so you will see tons of dogs roaming around freely. You will also see mountain bikers and horseback riders, as well as hear duck hunters off in the distance. This area is great for birdwatching, we’ve seen many different birds here throughout the year.

There are many different intersecting trails and they aren’t really marked. Most of them lead back to main trails, it’s a great place to get out and just explore.

To see our previous post about the Sandy River Delta click here.

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Very

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area.

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Very easy hike, more of a walk actually. Nice place to nature watch and just explore.

Sandy River Delta (Autumn)

Directions: Take I-84 East to exit 18 and take a right at the stop sign. Follow the road under the freeway to the parking area.

This hike was hard for us to blog about. I (the female half of this blog) thought it was underwhelming and smelled, he thought it was pleasant and had a variety of scenery. But, what we both can agree on is that it’s a great hike for birding.

We started this hike on a service road lined with trees and brush,  that wound around to the Sandy River.  This was one of the more popular areas for dogs that we saw that day.

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Continuing parallel to the Sandy we came across a bird blind. After that we walked along the banks at the mouth of the Sandy.

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We then walked through a meadow of tall grass and trees that faced I-84. The trail through the meadow takes you back the parking area.

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All of the trails are in good condition and easy to follow. There are no maps for the trails but they all lead back to the parking area.

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On our visit there was a lot of construction, which left a lot of the trails blocked and forced us to improvise.

 

Distance: 4 miles

Elevation: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: A little boring but there are a lot of trail options.