Crown Zellerbach Trail

EASY 13 reviews

Crown Zellerbach Trail is a 21.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Scappoose, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

21.7 miles
1,896 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



rails trails


wild flowers


This is one of the newest Rails to Trails efforts in Oregon. You will start your ride at a parking area at Chapman Landing and end on Route 47 north of Pittsburg and Vernonia. The trail follows an old logging road along the Scappoose Vernonia Highway. It is rough in some places.

20 days ago

I've hiked a few sections of this trail, specifically, all the way from Scaponia Park to Vernonia. This trail follows along the Scappoose Vernonia Highway, but does not CURRENTLY end where the description here says. It actually ends at the end of Knott Street in Vernonia behind an unmarked gate. I have a recording that shows the map. If you begin in Pittsburg, you will be met with signs from Weyerhauser warning you NO TRESPASSING. All in all, a nice getaway from the city, but you certainly won't meet many folks on the western portion of this trail.

trail running
22 days ago

this is a great trail for biking, running or walking (not really a hike). it is an trail that used to be a rail road carrying logs from Vernonia, Or to the river in Scappoose, Or. Miles 0-3 (hwy 30) are all paved wide path. the views of the mountains and farm land is gorgeous! there is a quarter mile section that boarders a mobile home park but it's really not bad. I run this trail 4 days a week and am completely safe. there is not a homeless population out here like another reviewer suggested. miles 3-17 climb into the hills and it is gorgeous! mostly all shadded makes it an ideal place to run in the heat of the summer. it is mostly gravel during these miles with some patches of pavement.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We started at parking lot across from B&B market aprox milepost 4 Mountain biking . It starts as a gradual climb along a small creek and gets steeper towards mile marker 9 and on. We went to mile post 12 and is a nice downhill ride back. Aprox 2hrs roundtrip. There are other parking areas along the trail also.

1 month ago

Easy, peaceful, good for hiking, biking (wide tires), and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice Bike ride from mile marker 4 to 13 on the trail.

2 months ago

A local treat! I love this trail and the fact that not very many people know about it. I enjoy running/walking this trail after work or on the weekends.

3 months ago

Nice hike with dogs. Make sure you use the bathroom before you hike because people at marinas are not too friendly.

11 months ago

First few miles are paved and lined with trailer parks or highways with frequent homeless dodging in and out of the pathway.

trail running
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Lots of asphalt, broken and intact. It was nice to run a local trail that isn't filled with lots of hills and elevation.

Parking can be tricky depending on what trailhead you start at.

Thursday, June 08, 2017


We own Dingman Farm to the south of the CZ between Deane Drive and Pioneer. As you walk through our place, you will hear our chickens clucking and turkeys gobbling. You will also be greeted by our dogs who love to have visitors, they're noisy but friendly. So say hi, be nice and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful Columbia County Park Trail.

The Dingmans

Monday, January 02, 2017

Went on the CZ trail today from hwy 30 to the water. It was open and didn't have too much poop on the path (some animal scar but not crazy)

recorded CZ3

11 days ago

Wednesday, November 30, 2016