Winter Trails in Clark County for Running, Walking or Biking

If you’re a rain-or-shine, year-round walker or runner who’s always looking for interesting trails during the wet months of winter and early spring, look no further. No matter where you live in Clark County, chances are you’ll find nearby running trails that will enliven your runs with natural beauty, variety, and – in downtown Vancouver and Washougal — even places to stop for coffee or a meal. Why stick to ho-hum runs around your neighborhood when our gorgeous and diverse county awaits your exploration? Check out these winter trails in Clark County for running or walking!

Vancouver Lake Park

6801 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver

Views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens, lush forest, wildlife, and access to the Columbia River are just a few of the benefits of running at Vancouver Lake Park. A 2.5-mile round trip paved trail connects Vancouver Lake Park with Fenchman’s Bar Park. And the Vancouver Lake North Trail, accessed just north of the large group picnic areas, adds an additional 2.8 miles round trip to an enjoyable all-season run.

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The Columbia River Renaissance Trail parallels the Columbia River and offers a fun run, along with spectacular views, public art, access to restaurants and shops, and great people watching. What more could you want Photo credit: Ginny Smith

Columbia River Renaissance Trail

1801 SE Columbia River Drive, Vancouver

Pick up the Columbia River Renaissance Trail at Vancouver Waterfront Park or Marine Park in downtown Vancouver, or at Wintler Community Park to the east. The five-mile paved trail has it all: stunning views of Mount Hood, the Columbia River, and the I-5 and I-205 bridges, as well as easy access to restaurants, breweries and tasting rooms along the Vancouver waterfront.

Padden Parkway Trail

NE 78th Street to NE Ward Road, Vancouver

If the fact that the Padden Parkway Trail is right beside Padden Parkway, a major thoroughfare, isn’t a deal breaker for you, you might try this 10-mile round trip paved path. It’s smooth, virtually flat, and has a separate bridge at the I-205 and NE Padden Parkway interchange to ensure safe crossings. It’s the perfect winter trail for walking or running in Clark County.

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Flocks of geese are just one of the wildlife sightings you may enjoy while running along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail. Keep an eye out for deer, beavers, raccoons, and birds galore. Photo credit: Ginny Smith

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

Salmon Creek Park
1112 NE 117th Street, Vancouver

You’ll find abundant natural beauty on the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, with trees, ponds, a creek, wetlands, and wildlife. This well-maintained, paved trail is three miles long, mostly flat, and follows Salmon Creek to the Felida Bridge at NW 36th Avenue. A parking lot and restrooms are located at the eastern trailhead, along with access to Salmon Creek Park and Klineline Pond. There’s on-street parking at the western trailhead.

Discovery Historic Loop

1501 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver

This winter trail in Clark County allows to you walk or run while soaking up some of Vancouver’s intriguing history. The two-mile Discovery Historic Loop winds through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, with its plentiful interpretive signs, and past Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum. If a two-mile run has just got you warmed up, the trail conveniently links to the Columbia River Renaissance Trail, so you can go, go, go.

I-205 Multi-Use Path

SE 23rd Street, south of Route 14, Vancouver

Here’s your chance to say you’ve run from one state to another. The I-205 Multi-Use Path goes from the north edge of the Columbia River to Gladstone, Oregon, spanning 18.5 miles and crossing the Columbia River. It’s a key commuting path to and from Portland, and joins with the Springwater Corridor, which follows the Willamette River from downtown Portland to the town of Boring.

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Lewisville Park is the oldest regional park in Clark County, dating back to the 1930s. Its forest, meadows, and proximity to the East fork of the Lewis River make it a peaceful place to enjoy an all-seasons run. Photo credit: Ginny Smith

Lewisville Park Trail

26411 NE Lewisville Highway, Battle Ground

Check out the Lewisville Park Trail, a three-mile trail system that loops around the 154-acre park and takes you past the East Fork of the Lewis River and through forests and meadows. You’ll get your workout in a beautiful spot, while simultaneously exploring Clark County’s oldest regional park, dating back to the 1930s.

Lacamas Heritage Trail

NW Lake Road at SR 500, Camas

Natural beauty abounds at Lacamas Heritage Trail, a seven-mile round trip gravel trail that stretches along Lacamas Lake and Lacamas Creek. You’ll find trailheads on both NW Lake Road and NE Goodwin Road.

Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach

South Index Street at South 32nd Street, Washougal

Start this four- mile trail at Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the site of one of the Lewis and Clark expedition’s camping spots in 1806. The dirt and gravel path follows a dike that parallels the Columbia River, with views of Mount Hood if you’re there on a clear day. Another highlight is the pedestrian tunnel near Steamboat Landing Park that dips under SR-14. The well-lit tunnel connects the trail to Washougal’s downtown core.

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The Captain William Clark Park is so named because it’s the spot where the Lewis and Clark expedition camped for six days in 1806. Today it’s a pleasant park with a 4.17-mile multi-use trail. Photo credit: Ginny Smith

Lucia Falls and Moulton Falls Trails

27781 Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt

Older-growth forest, waterfalls, volcanic rock formations, and an awesome arch bridge that’s more than three stories high are a few of the highlights of this 2.5-mile, multi-use trail. It follows the East Fork of the Lewis River and links Lucia Falls and Moulton Falls Parks.

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