Distance: 7 miles
PACE: 2.5 MPH
TIME: about 3 hours
DOGS: Yes, but they must be leashed at all times? There is an area that people use as off leash. If the group agrees we can detour there and let the dogs off leash for about .5 mile.
There is NO parking fee. The bathrooms are in the pond area if you get there early.
Directions: I-5, exit at exit 5. Turn right onto 99th St and then left at the first light - at HWY 99. Drive about a mile north to 117th. Turn left and turn right into the first lot after the overpass (maybe 1/4 mile). I'll be in the NW corner.
We'll go look at the pond but dogs are not allowed in there. So please leave your dogs in the car until we walk this small area or you'll need to wait for us for the few minutes it takes to walk the area.
Salmon Creek Greenway Trail (3 miles)
This 10-foot wide hard-surfaced, shared-use trail extends from Salmon Creek Park to Felida Bridge at NW 36th Ave. Along with hiking, biking and jogging, the trail corridor provides for equestrian use. It winds around wildlife interpretive areas, wetlands and ponds, duck nesting boxes and restored habitat - providing a great outdoor experience.
The path is relatively flat except for a slope up to 36th Ave. on the west end as well as up the hill to the neighborhood connection at NW Bassel St. The trail can also be accessed at the parking lot near the Vancouver Girls Softball fields (restrooms at this location) off of Hazel Dell Ave. The accessible trailhead is located at Salmon Creek Park, including a parking lot, restrooms, picnic tables, picnic shelter and playground.
On street parallel parking is available on NW 36th Ave. along the side of the road with a steep slope down to the trail. Access to Cougar Creek Trail is available near the mid-point of the Salmon Creek trail (look for the stair up the hill, past the picnic table).
Habitat restoration efforts along the Salmon Creek are through a partnership with the Clark Public Utilities. Volunteer opportunities for plantings are available, just visit their website at the link below.
The trailhead is located at Salmon Creek Park.