Salmon-Morgan Creeks Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brush Prairie, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Vancouver: Take 164th Avenue north until it turns in to 162nd. Continue until the end of the road and then turn left on to Ward Road. Keep right to turn on to Padden Parkway. Turn right on to 152nd Avenue and follow for a few miles and then turn right on to 181st. Turn left on 159th, and then right on to 183rd. Turn left on to 161st, and the trailhead is at the end of the road.
Super easy. Took my two year old son on his first hike and he loved it.
nice serene, green!!
Nice calm trail, lots of ambient sounds. Very peaceful. Keep eye out for stinging needle, wear pants...
Salmon/Morgan Creek is a delightful, quiet trail tucked away in a pocket of wilderness close to Battleground, WA. It is a county park, so don't worry about passes being required and the like. Do, however, take note of very limited parking. With no formal parking spaces, parking along side the road is mandatory.
The trail is really comprised of three smaller trails -- the Fir, Redcedar, and Alder Trails. The full experience both ends and begins with the Fir Trail, which runs past nearby Morgan Creek. The view of the water doesn't approach majestic, but on a cool quiet day it can be fairly serene.
The Fir Trail is easily the most well-maintained of the three, but the park as a whole is kept up nicely. I began my walk by turning to my right when facing the trailhead signs. Shortly after passing the waters of Morgan Creek, the trail empties on to the Redcedar Trail. Redcedar conjoins both Fir and the very primitive Alder Trail.
Alder Trail begins not too long after Redcedar does, and is the longest of the three. It is also the least well-kept. After a short while, Alder empties into a very pretty meadow, through which the trail continues back into some wooded areas soon after. Be wary -- the signage is not the best here. Make sure to turn left and back on to the official trail -- there will be a post a short distance into the trees -- as continuing all the way straight takes you to a set of train tracks.
Following Alder eventually connects you back to Redcedar, and from there, you wind up back on the Fir Trail, with your trailhead not a long walk still.