Oaks Bottom trail gets a makeover

Oaks Bottom trail gets a makeover
The public is invited to celebrate the trail restoration at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A local trail has a new look and the city is inviting folks to come on down and take a peek.

The Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Bluff Trail now has a boardwalk, rock walls and an observation deck. Crews also worked on native plant re-vegetation.

A public celebration is planned for Saturday, March 9. Everyone is welcome for the official ribbon cutting, which will include refreshments, kids' activities, bird watching with experts and guided nature walks.


  • 10 a.m. - Refreshments
  • 10:15 a.m. - Speakers (Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbate, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey and Mike Houck with the Urban Greenspaces Institute)
  • 10:30 a.m. - Ribbon cutting
  • 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Activities (includes one-hour guided walks of the refuge)


  • From Sellwood Park: Walk down the trail located just west of the parking lot in Sellwood Park. Turn right after the stone stairs at the bottom of the hill and continue on the graveled path through the south meadow. Look for the tents in the meadow near the trailhead of the Bluff Trail.
  • From the South Refuge entrance: Use the South Refuge Access underpass and follow the graveled path east through the South Meadow. Look for the tents in the meadow near the southern trailhead of the Bluff Trail.