Virginia Lake is a small lake with a 2.2 mile trail that runs around the lake and at points goes between Virginia Lake and Multnomah Channel.
Location: When coming from downtown Portland, take Hwy 30 west for 10 miles and turn right at the Sauvie Island Bridge (Sauvie Island Rd). Follow this road for about a half a mile and you’ll come to a small fork, go to the left (continuing on Sauvie Island Road). Virginia Lake Trailhead begins at the “Wapato Greenway Access” sign on the left side of the road. This is about 1/4-1/2 mile down the road. There is space for about 10-15 cars.
Difficulty: 1/5 this trails is quite flat, well groomed in most areas and was no problem at all for my kids to walk. There are parts where the trail is very narrow but that is about the extent of the difficulty of this trail.
Kid Friendly: Most definitely a kid friendly hike.
Stroller / ADA Accessible: Most of this trail will be suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, however, there is about a half mile where the trail would be too narrow for either of these things. So you can walk as far as you can and turn back if you’d like to do this trail.
Description: The Virginia Lake Trail is 2.2 miles long and to be completely honest with you, there isn’t a lot to keep my kids entertained. Because you can’t see beyond the thick layer of trees at most points, it became a little monotonous. However, there were little peeks through the trees that you could see the lake, or the channel. And some wildlife to keep your eyes out for.
There are a few Blackberry Bushes so bring some buckets to collect those yummy fruits. And while you’re looking for the blackberries, keep your eyes open for some cute little green frogs. We saw a couple and they are so cute!!
If you live in Portland or in the North Western part of Oregon or South Western part of Washington, this is a cute hike, however I wouldn’t travel from Salem or further south just for this hike. However, Sauvie Island is a cute area so this hike would be a great addition to your day on the island.
If you’re looking for more hikes near Portland, check out this awesome hike with a fun Castle for the kids to explore. Find that here.