Portland: Minto-Brown Island Park

Explore reclaimed wetlands, two islands, and a hawk preserve on a 5.3-mile figure-8 loop in a pastoral getaway just outside the city of Salem.
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Explore reclaimed wetlands, two islands, and a hawk preserve on a 5.3-mile figure-8 loop in a pastoral getaway just outside the city of Salem.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.0

Waypoints

MBT001

Location: 44.9217491149902, -123.058967590332

Hop on the Orange Loop and hike into a hardwood forest

MBT002

Location: 44.9229507446289, -123.060050964355

Cross wood bridge; stay straight @ 4-way. Pond on R is nearly ringed by farm fields (silt from river provides rich nutrients)

MBT003

Location: 44.9238014221191, -123.070747375488

Pass grassy field with Frisbee players and dog park. Marshlands on R

MBT004

Location: 44.9231986999512, -123.074462890625

Trail tees at riverbank. Turn L

MBT005

Location: 44.9190673828125, -123.075531005859

Straight @ 4-way, passing a mix of marshland forest, maples and berry bushes

MBT006

Location: 44.9147834777832, -123.0791015625

Pass rusted truck near muddy banks. Junk aside, this area is labeled a hawk preserve, a rest stop for raptors tracing the Willamette River during migration

MBT007

Location: 44.9131851196289, -123.083381652832

Veer L @ Y for quick out-and-back

MBT008

Location: 44.9106674194336, -123.086730957031

Trail dead-ends @ S border of park; return to WPT 7, then turn L (W) along river again. In .5 mi., cross bridge to N side of river

MBT009

Location: 44.9189338684082, -123.089950561523

Straight @ 4-way, then veer R again. This leg arcs around old gravel pits. Look for deer in open fields @ sunrise, sunset

MBT010

Location: 44.9171676635742, -123.081283569336

Pass through gate. Ahead, cross bridge to the river's S side again and go straight @ WPT 5. Trail rolls into woodlands

MBT011

Location: 44.9196968078613, -123.062866210938

Swampy area seeps into pond with lots of loud waterfowl (ducks, geese, maybe herons). Hike .2 mi. NE back to trailhead