Explore the most popular trails near Vancouver with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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If anything, this is more of a nature walk than a hike, but well worth it. If you do the round trip, it's about 6 miles, which is a decent calorie burner even without any noticeable elevation gain. But if you were coming here, it wouldn't be for that, it'd be for the wonderful walk or bike ride on a paved trail that parallels the path of Salmon Creek. While you're not directly alongside the river at all times, it's always within earshot and accessed by walking a few yards down one of the dozens of side trails that offshoot from the main trail. You'll walk through forest, field and everything in between. Great way and place to relax amongst the elements. I'll be back.

It was a decent trail but directions to get here are very confusing and we ended up parking on the side of the road. Just from walking the trail, it came through the university so parking there would have been much easier. Trail goes through trees but you also walk on paved sidewalks next to the roads/traffic. Busy trail.

walking
26 days ago

Nice evening with the family. We all made it down and back :-)

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
1 month ago

Great paved trail for an afternoon stretch with kids, elderly, wheelchair bound, trail running. There are a lot of side trails to get peeks of the creek. Because of the general east-to-west orientation of the creek the early morning /late afternoon are the most dramatic “golden hours” of shadow and light.

Homeless camps made me a little hesitant to run with headphones on. Besides that decent trail that is a viable option for a quick run but not a location I’ll be dying to get back to.

Nice and easy blacktop great for family and elders...

walking
2 months ago

Thought this was going to be much better of a walk but once we started it was only about a mile or so before it became very unban & somewhat sketchy. Several homeless people riding around, a kind biker even stopped us to warn us that it’s a dangerous area (I had my baby with me). We did see 2 bald eagles though at the swampy part at the start so that was cool.
Probably wouldn’t come back here unless on bike perhaps.

walking
3 months ago

It’s a nice walk, I prefer a trail that is more out in nature.

power stations! sketchy picking up Trail on other side of power station. trail goes between private properties and Government properties. no bugs today April 19th. summer bugs will most likely be crazy near creek.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is beautifully paved and well maintained. At postings, you will see a map displaying color-coded routes to help you decide which route to take based on length and areas of the hike. I would come back here again for another hike or bike ride. However, keep in mind this trail is not off-leash friendly. As a dog mama, I love when I'm able to take my dog hiking with me off-leash. Some portions of this trail are too close to the road for dogs to roam off-leash safely.

Not really a trail but it was a nice walk. It wasn’t as scenic as I thought it would be.

Nice walk along the creek.

trail running
5 months ago

It was OK, the trail goes through neighborhoods so not lots of stop and go.

Choice of 4 loops-easy trail. Poor signage. Muddy and roots thru forest. Best direction are go to WSU, go straight instead of turning into college.TH by WSU barn. poor parking.

trail running
5 months ago

Great paved road for running.

hiking
5 months ago

good workout with inner trails and hills, watch your step in a few places. Dog friendly.

walking
6 months ago

This is not a trail and not a loop. This is just a paved straight flat path 3.1 miles long. So 6 miles is back and forth. This is basically a city park. The trail also doesn't follow the creek and strays quite far away from it. I frankly don't understand why is it even listed here.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, wide open scenery with a grey view along the water! Just a little crowded and not much room for exploration.

hiking
7 months ago

I love how green it is here. Lost of moss & some cool looking trees.

walking
7 months ago

This trail is cool year round.

fun with 6 of my friends

hiking
8 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.

Nice trail. If you do all the loops and wander a bit beyond the trail I stretched it into a nice 8 mile walk.

It is well maintained with great scenery the whole trail.

Fun little trail, good for kids

I wouldn't go out of your way to hike this trail, especially if you are looking for a view. However, it is good for biking or going on a run. The path is for the most part flat with a few steep up hills. There is also a place for frisbee golf a little bit before the entrance of the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy trail for a cool afternoon hike

Love it. Very relaxing.

lots of off-shoot trails and paths to the creek. lots of wildlife and plenty of spots to picnic.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

decent trail, but had to dodge a lot of horse dung

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