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Willamette River Path - Kendall Natural Area

This jungle of a path takes you through the wilder spots in Kendall Natural Area as it follows the Willamette River
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour

Overview:  If you want to get away from the crowds in this popular park, take this riverside loop instead. It follows the curve of the Willamette... more »

Tips:  Be aware that the spring floods can often leave standing water on this trail for weeks afterwards. It's usually only a foot or so deep... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Fork

Take the left fork as you head south on the trail, the other will bypass the river access all the way to the end of the trail. However, it WILL end up in the same place, so it's not a big deal if you miss it.

2. Small Vernal Ponds

These small ponds are a good bet for dogs in the spring when the river is high and the current strong. As the summer wears on, they fill with algae and are less appealing (to people, anyway).

3. Large Pond

This pond is always there, but it may be carpeted over with green mats of algae.

4. Flooded Trail

In the spring, the river may flood up onto the trail in places. Take care, it can be slick.

5. Thin Trail

This trail sees less use than others nearby, so it's a bit overgrown in places.

6. Dog Swim Area

The dog beach is a great place to be off-leash and in the water.

7. Ferns and Vinca

The forest floor is covered with these plants.