Wapato Greenway (Winter 2016)

Directions: Take Highway 30 West to Sauvie Island. After crossing the bridge follow Sauvie Island Road (make sure to stay on Sauvie Island Road at the fork) to the Wapato Access Trailhead on the left.

From the parking area, cross through the gate and follow the wide flat trail for a short distance until you reach a picnic area. From here go right and follow the trail along Virginia Lake. The lake will be on your left and some farms will be on your right. As you continue on and go past the lake you’ll round a corner and cross a small footbridge.

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From here the trail continues on through trees and you’ll soon get glimpses of the Multnomah Channel on your right. A short distance later the trail splits. Go left, crossing a bridge that takes you to a bird blind with views of a pond. Continue on the trail for a short distance and take the short side trail to the left that takes you to a viewing platform for Virginia Lake. When you’re ready to leave, head back to the main trail that takes you to the picnic area again, completing the loop.

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Distance: 2 miles (easy)

Elevation: 30 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Warnings: None

6 thoughts on “Wapato Greenway (Winter 2016)

  1. allthoughtswork

    “But there is nothing exciting about this hike.”

    Au, contraire. This is a beloved birding locale for waterfowl aficionados during the winter and spring/fall migrations, featuring multiple habitats from wetland to riparian to open White Oak prairie. Sandhill Cranes, a rare sighting, have been spotted there in late 2016. Bonus: The tree frogs are friendly.


    1. Hikelandia Post author

      Guess we went at a not so exciting time. We’re birders so we’ll have to go back and check it out 🙂

      1. allthoughtswork

        Fall is party time for feathers at Wapato, get ready to boogie down next October.

        *Strangely, something weird happened when I tried to reply to your comment on Hug Point Smorgasbord and both comments disappeared. When you get a moment, give it another shot and I’ll do my best not to let the WordPress Gods eat it.

        1. Hikelandia Post author

          Hmm the WordPress Gods still seem to be at work…I’m having trouble finding the Hug Point post now!


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