Portland: Willamette Mission Loop

This 6.5-mile, figure-8 hike crosses old nut orchards, then follows a lazy river en route to the largest black cottonwood in the United States.
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This 6.5-mile, figure-8 hike crosses old nut orchards, then follows a lazy river en route to the largest black cottonwood in the United States.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.4

Waypoints

Cottonwood

Location: 45.0769577026367, -123.051147460938

Contributor Jim Scott stands next to the world's largest cottonwood tree
© Jim Scott

River Ferry

Location: 45.0893402099609, -123.044364929199

A good spot to soak in the sun and watch ferries pass along the Willamette River
© Jim Scott

Ghost Structures

Location: 45.0838966369629, -123.043891906738

A shot of the Jason Lee Mission's historical ghost structures on the shore of Mission Lake
© Jim Scott

WMP001

Location: 45.0762405395508, -123.041702270508

Hike S on Willamette Vision Educational Trail past wildlife blinds on edge of boggy marsh with geese and ducks

WMP002

Location: 45.0743103027344, -123.04109954834

Continue straight @ interpretive sign for 20 yds., then turn L and cross road; path follows wood’s edge

WMP003

Location: 45.0716094970703, -123.045600891113

Keep straight @ faint trail to Goose Lake; continue W along field edge, then N past replanted Oregon white oak, Oregon ash, and other native flora

WMP004

Location: 45.0763511657715, -123.053298950195

L onto park road

WMP005

Location: 45.0786209106445, -123.053100585938

L onto a shaded bike path with mostly cottonwood

WMP006

Location: 45.0766296386719, -123.05940246582

Keep straight

WMP007

Location: 45.0779685974121, -123.06379699707

R @ Y, bearing N

WMP008

Location: 45.0823707580566, -123.059501647949

Bear L @ Y; in 350 ft., keep straight by a filbert orchard

WMP009

Location: 45.0849494934082, -123.052200317383

Straight; Willamette River flows gently on L

WMP010

Location: 45.0881195068359, -123.046203613281

Straight on spur trail above the sand/gravel riverbank to view

WMP011

Location: 45.0894889831543, -123.044502258301

Stop @ bridge for view of river & ferry, then go back to WPT 10; turn L

WMP012

Location: 45.0840797424316, -123.04419708252

On L is old river channel; pass docks and more orchards

WMP013

Location: 45.0785102844238, -123.051498413086

Path ends; turn L onto road then L again @ WPT 4, heading along S side of Mission Lake

WMP014

Location: 45.0771141052246, -123.051231384277

Photo op: Largest black cottonwood in U.S.; 25-ft. girth. Trail loops back to WPT 2; turn L, return to car