Hike Distance: 5.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1666.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 456 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 217118 feet
Another very late start, and it turns out I was solo today. I haven’t been here in a while and thought this short trail would at least get me out of the house. I parked at the southern trailhead for Lacamas Park and then walked along NE 3rd Avenue to NE 3rd Loop Drive, where the Washougal River Greenway Trailhead begins. There’s also a TH for this trail on SE Yale Street.
I took the trail down to a concrete boardwalk and took it across a large flood plain that is filled with tall grasses and deciduous trees. You can find side trails in this area that take you to the Washougal River, which can be explored. You can also see the long steel bridge that takes you over the Washougal River. This bridge is very impressive, with some great views.
I walked over the bridge and then wound around the trail system past the Washougal River shore and many ponds. This area is very scenic with plenty of photo ops. 🙂 The trail eventually comes out into an open area where the power lines cross overhead. There are trails all over the grass field under the power lines. There are also side trails that lead to the Washougal River, where you’ll find plenty of people fishing.
The trail ends on Yale Street, where there is another parking lot. I turned around and headed back, but explored many of the trails around here. If all you do is go from TH to TH on this greenway, then you’ll only get about 2.5-3 miles of walking. The side trails can add miles, depending on what you explore!
Here’s where I need to get honest about this hike. There is a huge subdivision being carved into the hills north of here, and the noise from the equipment breaking up the rock and ripping down trees is not my favorite. Washougal has sold out this pristine area and is allowing 50+ very expensive homes to further destroy the higher terrain of this hillside in Washougal. A gentleman I talked to gave me this info, and said this is why there has been three years of pounding noise in that area. Now I know why I heard this on a previous hike.
Being a Saturday, there were plenty of people, of all ages, on the trail. Please be aware that some of these people were shady, in my opinion. I would recommend going with another person, but this is my opinion. I definitely think this area is worth seeing, at least once.
Lastly, the train tracks are just south of this trail, and it can be a loud roar when they roll through. I experienced at least two long trains coming through, and it was like thunder because of my location in the park.
That said, I still enjoyed this hike very much. You may ask why I parked at the southern end of Lacamas Park, and it’s because I believe my car was safer. Yes, I know that this all seems like overkill, but I like to minimize my chances of possible issues. It’s only prudent. Well, maybe the pictures below will help you make your mind up whether you intend on visiting?