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Upper Sandy River Trail

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This is an old, relatively steep, rocky logging road that heads from Marcy St. toward the Sandy River.


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0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

86%

Runnable

808' 246 m

High

448' 137 m

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Up

360' 110 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

The trail is closed from dusk to dawn. This trail is in the City of Sandy, and all park rules apply. No overnight camping and no campfires. No motorized vehicles. Mountain bikes are allowed. Dogs must be on leash at all times. No smoking. Please pack out any trash.

Description

The Upper Sandy River Trail is an old rocky logging road that heads from the end of Marcy Street down towards the Sandy River. The first part of the trail heads down the hill with a view on your left, and an old slide after that. The road takes a sharp left turn at the bottom of the hill. At this point, the Jim Slagle Loop Trail is on your left and is an actual designed trail instead of the logging road. If you decide to stay on the logging road, continue north as the trail/road travels through a 20-year-old logged-over area. There are lots of hardwoods, young Douglas fir, and cedars. You pass an old failed beaver pond where a culvert crosses under the road. When you come to a large opening (old log landing), the Sandy River Midway Trail is on your left and connects back to the Jim Slagle Loop Trail.

Continue on the old logging road as it curves and drops a bit steeper down the hill. You come to a flat area where the Jim Slagle Loop Trail intersects. If you want to skip the trip down to the river, you can make a loop and return on the Jim Slagle Loop Trail. Otherwise, you can continue on the Lower Sandy River Trail to the river.

Flora & Fauna

This trail has a variety of hardwoods (alder, bigleaf, and vine maples) and conifer trees. There are also deer, coyotes, and an occasional bear or bobcat although rare. Groundcover includes grasses, sword fern, deer fern and maidenhair fern, salal, Oregon grape, salmonberry, thimbleberry, and stinging nettles that can cause discomfort if you touch them.

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This is the largest tree around for miles.  The western red cedar has a bee hive way up high in the tree.  Definitely a photo op!
Jul 31, 2017 near Sandy, OR
Large culvert about 1/3 mile along trail.
Jul 31, 2017 near Sandy, OR
Jim Slagle - the trail's designer, namesake and resident of Sandy.
Jul 31, 2017 near Sandy, OR

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