Looking for a great trail near Vancouver, Washington? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Salmon Creek Park or Vanier Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Vancouver ranging from 1 to 15.5 miles and from 26 to 305 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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on Salmon Creek Trail

15 days ago

Perfect nature trail. Paved paths with dirt path alternatives, enough folks to make a lone walker feel safe, wildlife, a bridge, beautiful scenery, bird watching, and dogs on leashes. Just after the 1.5 mile mark you come to a "T." If you go left, the pavement ends after a short ways and becomes a dirt and mud trail. Nice to see runners, dog walkers, families and geocachers here today (Saturday).

road biking
27 days ago

Beautiful ride. This trial actually goes a lot further than listed if you choose to keep going but you have to find the secret path to the extended rout! Watch out for a few roots that have piped up the concrete on the path.

Such a wonderful respite in Vancouver. Lots of water fowl to view. Paved most of the way-good for the pup too.

27 days ago

This area is not open to dogs year round-so check before you go. It was beautiful on a crisp fall day. Our golden loved it!

I wouldn’t go out of your way to the park area. As others have said there’s a lot of homeless and suspicious activity going on. I didn’t feel comfortable alone. The rest of the trail seems okay.

1 month ago

Small walking path in very nice neighborhood park. This park is not at five corners and is on the east side of Vancouver.

Well kept trail. Not very scenic throughout. Easy and flat. Saw Egrets and Great Blue Herons.

Beautiful area for a walk with birds, lake and the creek. We look forward to seeing all the plants come to life in spring!

Love this easy kids friendly trial. Great for running, walking and biking! Love the animals who live here too. Turtles blue heron etc

It’s okay, not a great hike but a decent place if you want a fast bike ride.

on Salmon Creek Trail

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice flat trail, good for the entire family. We were there for the fall migration of geese, ducks, and swans. Great trail system, nice and wide, well cared for. We picked a beautiful, warm fall day with blue skies and plenty of sunshine.

I did the section that starts at Lakeshore Ave and stopped at Hazel Dell Ave. it was a quiet and pretty little trail starting out. We did end up walking by some houses and yards towards the end though, which is to be expected with a trail in the city.

If you live in the neighborhood this is a nice trail towards the end. But I wouldn’t drive to get here.

4 months ago

This is a great paved urban trail. The views of the salmon creek are beautiful close to 36th. It’s a good spot for a run with an option to make it a loop off the paved trail.

5 months ago

Much of this trail is paved and level, making it accessible to those in wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

6 months ago

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.

6 months 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.

7 months 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...

8 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.

9 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.

10 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
11 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.

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