Discovery Historic Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Vancouver, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

paved

river

views

A simple easy walk within the city limits of Vancouver, WA. Runs along the Columbia River and can eventually cross highway 14 and end up at historic Fort Vancouver.

hiking
4 months ago

Great city trail. You can alter it a bit by walking within Parson's Airfield. That was a great alternative to hiking the city street portion of the trail yet maintained the distance. Easy parking near the Fort or on Officer's Row. Bring water for yourself or dog during the hot summer as there is limited shade options other than the historic park specifically.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a nice hike if you are near downtown Vancouver. It mixes city sidewalks with a stroll through the beautifully restored Fort Vancouver grounds; passing the busy Pearson airport; a walk across the land bridge; and a brief pass by the river.

I recommend crossing the I-5 bridge on the East side for great view of the majestic Columbia River and (on a clear day) Mt. Hood. The entry to the I-5 walkway is across the street from Joe’s Crab Shack.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Peaceful and sparsely populated. Not so much a hike as it is a paved path, but enjoyable.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nice and easy. Some areas are a little loud with the freeway right there but it's close and easy to get to so it's a trade off.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I loved it. I'm new to the area so it was a great way to check some places out.

walking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

I loved walking this. There are many signs to read along the way. A good mix of nature and history.

walking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A wee bit cold today, nice easy walk. Kids spent a lot of time looking for Pokémon.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Flat but REALLY enjoyable. Also great for Pokemon catching!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Great go too when you just want to get out of traffic! The path along the Columbia is a great spot year round.

walking
Friday, May 30, 2014

A good little trail that was only moderately traveled on the day that I walked it. The trail does continue across highway 14 to the historic Ft. Vancouver, a fur trader fort from the early days of the fur trade. The fort is run by the National Park Service and does have a fee, but is interesting with several buildings on site to look through and occasionally has re-enactors running the forge or kitchens. The trail itself runs along the Columbia river on which there are several restaurants and condominiums. Depending on the day, the crowds can be heavier, but a nice easy way to at least get out without going to far.

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