It had been four years since I hiked to the north end of Sauvie Island, about 20 miles northwest of home. The south end of the 40 square-mile island is an agricultural area, but the north end is managed for wildlife.
After hiking three miles along the sandy beaches and old roads, I reached the small Warrior Rock Lighthouse. Along the way I was treated to tundra swans, several bald eagles, many Indian plums in bloom and shipping traffic on the Columbia River.
After fighting through one-half mile of blackberry patches and frightening a few blacktail deer, I reached the tip of the Island overlooking the little town of St. Helens, Oregon.
After lunch I wandered through the interior of the Island for awhile before returning to the sandy beach for the pleasant return hike to the Trailhead.