Frenchman's Bar Trail could not be in a prettier place nestled between the Columbia River and Vancouver Lake on the northwestern outskirts of Vancouver. The paved trail of nearly 4 miles loops around the southern half of Shillapoo Wildlife Recreation Area and offers views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainer. Stop and enjoy the scenery at the picnic areas in Frenchman's Bar Regional Park on the trail's west end or Vancouver Lake Regional Park on its eastern side.
Parking and Trail Access
Plentiful parking is available in Frenchman's Bar Park (9612 NW Lower River Road) and Vancouver Lake Park (6801 NW Lower River Road).
I jog this asphalt trail three times a week. The level terrain is easier on my 64-year-old knees. If needed, there are restrooms at each end of the trail as marked on the map. With some creativity and including a bit of road (with wide and well-marked ...