Kelso, WA Birding Trails and Maps

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Banks-Vernonia State Trail

23.2 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail

0.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Crown Zellerbach Trail

23.4 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Gravel

Fanno Creek Greenway Trail

10.5 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Frenchman's Bar Trail

3.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Highway 26 Bike Path

2.3 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Concrete

Lacamas Heritage Trail

3.5 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Marine Drive Trail

18.2 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Moulton Falls Trail

2.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Pacific Way Trail

2.5 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Riverfront Trail (WA)

1.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Rock Creek Trail (OR)

1.6 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

3.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Seaside Promenade

1.5 mi
State: OR
Concrete

Steel Bridge Riverwalk

0.2 mi
State: OR
Metal

Terwilliger Trail

5.9 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Tilikum Crossing

0.6 mi
State: OR
Concrete

Waterhouse Trail

4.62 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Concrete

Westside Trail (OR)

13.1 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

14 mi
State: WA
Asphalt
Accordion

Astoria Riverwalk

6.4 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Brookwood Parkway Trail

1.8 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

7.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Columbia River Dike Trail

3.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Coweeman River Trail

4 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Gresham Fairview Trail

3.3 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

I-205 Multi-Use Path

17.4 mi
State: OR, WA
Asphalt

Padden Parkway Trail

5.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Springwater Corridor

21.5 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade

1.7 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

56 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Columbia Slough Trail

4.3 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Cowlitz River Trail

2.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

I-84 Bike Path

4.9 mi
State: OR
Concrete

Lombard Street Path

1.8 mi
State: OR
Concrete

Warrenton Waterfront Trail

4.7 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Highway 500 Trail

0.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Peninsula Crossing Trail

5.1 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Tigard Heritage Trail

0.75 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Warrenton Grade School Trail

0.5 mi
State: OR
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Waterfront Bike Path

1.5 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Wy'East Way

1.6 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The 23-mile Banks-Vernonia trail runs between its namesake towns of Banks and Vernonia in the deep suburbs of Portland, OR. About the Route Most of the route consists of an...
OR 23.2 mi Asphalt
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail—also known as the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail—is currently open from Battle Ground Lake State Park to a point nearly 1 mile southwest. The paved trail runs...
WA 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Crown Zellerbach Trail, known locally as the Crown Z Trail or the CZ Trail, follows a former logging railroad through quiet and picturesque forests in northwest Oregon. Its east end begins at...
OR 23.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
When complete, the Fanno Creek Greenway will be a 15-mile paved network of fully accessible urban trails, linking two counties and five cities: Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Durham, and southwest...
OR 10.5 mi Asphalt
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...
WA 3.9 mi Asphalt
The Highway 26 Bike Path is a paved commuter route in west Portland that parallels its namesake roadway (also known as Sunset Highway). A small segment is located in a busy shopping area of the...
OR 2.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Lacamas Heritage Trail parallels Lacamas Creek and the western shore of Lacamas Lake under a canopy of old growth forest. Along this scenic gravel pathway, trail-goers can catch glimpses of the...
WA 3.5 mi Gravel
Overview Marine Drive Trail follows its namesake roadway along the south shore of the Columbia River. The trail is often just feet from the river and trail users can enjoy lovely views of the...
OR 18.2 mi Asphalt
The Moulton Falls Trail follows an old logging railroad grade between Hantwick Road and the East Fork High Bridge. The trail travels along the East Fork Lewis River within a canopied corridor of...
WA 2.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Overview The Pacific Way Trail is 2.5 miles long with a gravel surface in Longview. Please note that there is a gated section of the trail where it passes the Mint Valley Golf Course. About the...
WA 2.5 mi Gravel
Castle Rock's popular Riverfront Trail originates at its main trailhead in Lion's Pride Park, which offers covered picnic areas. Following a dike north along the Cowlitz River from the park, the trail...
WA 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Rock Creek Trail provides an important commuting route and natural escape in one of Oregon's largest cities: Hillsboro, located in the "Silicon Forest," a high-tech corridor on Portland's western...
OR 1.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Overview  The Salmon Creek Greenway Trails runs for 3.9 miles between NW 36th Avenue and Salmon Creek Park. The paved trail follows Salmon Creek through a slice of Vancouver’s nature...
WA 3.9 mi Asphalt
As its name implies, the Seaside Promenade is a north-south route along the Pacific Ocean in the Oregon coastal community of Seaside. The Prom, as it's affectionately known, dates back to the 1920s...
OR 1.5 mi Concrete
Portland's Steel Bridge across the Williamette River was built in 1912 and is the second-oldest vertical lift bridge still in operation in North America. Over time, the railroad bridge has become more...
OR 0.2 mi Metal
Terwilliger Trail offers a beautiful, paved route from southern Portland to Lake Oswego in two disconnected segments. Most of the trail corridor runs through Multnomah County; its southern tip lies in...
OR 5.9 mi Asphalt
Tilikum Crossing, also known as the Bridge of the People, spans 1,720 feet across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The bridge was designed primarily for the MAX Orange Line light rail, but...
OR 0.6 mi Concrete
Overview The Waterhouse Trail traverses the spine of several connecting greenways and parks in the Portland, OR suburbs. The trail runs for 4.62 miles and is paved for a majority of the route, in...
OR 4.62 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The developing Westside Trail in Portland's western suburbs will be a 25-mile paved, multi-use path between the Willamette River to the north and the Tualatin River to the south. Currently, 8 miles...
OR 13.1 mi Asphalt
Overview  The Yelm Rainier Tenino Trails runs for 14 miles between the rural towns of Tenino and Yelm. The paved trail travels through agricultural areas, forests, and wetlands, and it takes a...
WA 14 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Astoria Riverwalk, also known as the Astoria River Trail, stretches along part of the Astoria & Columbia River Railroad, providing a lively, nonmotorized tour of the city's waterfront. Along the...
OR 6.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Brookwood Parkway Trail, in a northwestern suburb of Portland, skirts the Hillsboro airport and provides access to the Hillsboro Public Library and the sprawling campuses of a few large corporations....
OR 1.8 mi Asphalt
The scenic Burnt Bridge Creek Trail meanders through Vancouver, Washington, along the creek from Stewart Glen on the shores of Vancouver Lake to Meadowbrook Marsh. Along the way, the trail passes...
WA 7.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Columbia River Dike Trail—also known as the Captain William Clark Park Trail and the Cottonwood Beach Trail—follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald...
WA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Coweeman River Trail follows the dike on the west side of the river for 4 miles, giving access to the riverfront and Tam O'Shanter Park. The setting on the northern section is residential, and the...
WA 4 mi Gravel
The Gresham Fairview Trail is a north–south corridor that will one day link Portland's 40-Mile Loop Trail (Marine Drive section) with the Springwater Trail's section through Gresham. As of spring...
OR 3.3 mi Asphalt
Overview The I-205 Multi-Use Path spans 18.5 miles through five cities and 15 neighborhoods along Interstate 205 and the TriMet MAX Green Line light rail service.  Although the trail parallels...
OR, WA 17.4 mi Asphalt
The Padden Parkway Trail provides a paved, 5-mile route across northeastern Vancouver, connecting neighborhoods and shopping areas. Trail-goers are separated from the busy four-lane roadway by a wide,...
WA 5.3 mi Asphalt
Overview The Springwater Corridor comprises the southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop regional trail system encircling the greater Portland area. Today, the family–friendly Springwater Corridor...
OR 21.5 mi Asphalt
The Eastbank Esplanade traces Portland's Willamette River from the Steel Bridge on the north end to SE Caruthers Street on the south end. The trail is named for former Portland mayor Vera Katz, who...
OR 1.7 mi Asphalt
Overview An adventure awaits those who tackle all, or part, of the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills State Park Trail in southwestern Washington. The former Northern Pacific Railway line rolls through...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
The Columbia Slough Trail follows its namesake waterway on the northern end of Portland. Although there are currently gaps in the trail, it will one day follow the entire length of the narrow 19-mile...
OR 4.3 mi Asphalt
The Cowlitz River Trail follows its namesake river along a dike on the east bank. The trail is asphalt and connects Kelso residents with the riverfront. The trail parallels the active BNSF line that...
WA 2.5 mi Asphalt
The I-84 Bike Path begins at the I-84 intersection with Fairview Parkway and continues west along the interstate for nearly 5 miles. A fence and concrete barrier separate trail-goers from traffic....
OR 4.9 mi Concrete
The Lombard Street Path stretches nearly 2 miles through an industrial area of northern Portland. At the southern end of Kelley Point Park, the path makes two important connections: It meets the...
OR 1.8 mi Concrete
The Warrenton Waterfront Trail runs for nearly 5 miles through the small city of Warrenton, located near where the mighty Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean in northwestern Oregon. Portions...
OR 4.7 mi Asphalt
The paved Highway 500 Trail runs just shy of a mile between Andresen Road and Thurston Way on Vancouver's west side through a busy stretch of car dealerships, shops and restaurants.
WA 0.8 mi Asphalt
As its name implies, the Peninsula Crossing Trail cuts through a peninsula between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in northern Portland. The tree-lined trail traverses urban neighborhoods and...
OR 5.1 mi Asphalt
Overview The Tigard Heritage Trail connects Tiedeman Avenue and the surrounding area to downtown Tigard. Following the route of a former railroad spur, the rail-trail is 0.75 miles long and fully...
OR 0.75 mi Asphalt
The Warrenton Grade School Trail follows the former railroad corridor from Warrenton Grade School north for half a mile to downtown Warrenton. The trail surface is dirt, grass, and crushed...
OR 0.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Waterfront Bike Path follows the Willamette River in downtown Portland from the Marquam Bridge north to the Steel Bridge. Although short, the trail offers scenic views of the city skyline and...
OR 1.5 mi Asphalt
Overview Wy'East Way is a 1.6-mile greenway that runs alongside several MAX light rail stations in Gresham, OR just outside of Portland. The entire route is paved and 12 feet wide. About the...
OR 1.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete

Recent Trail Reviews

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

Deferred Maintenance

July, 2024 by amarkv

Once again the Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Ride took some 6,000 riders along the Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail this weekend. The trail used to be very pleasant but over the (17) years I have participated in the STP, the trees have grown and the tree roots have progressively ruined the surface of the asphalt. Even worse, the shade is such that it is virtually impossible to see the uneven ruts and bumps until you’ve hit them. This is especially true when dozens of cyclists are cruising down the trail in a pace line at 25 mph. Yesterday was just plain dangerous.

There are also dozens of raised yellow box covers for posts. I have never seen the posts being used, but the box covers are another pointless danger for unsuspecting cyclists. This is no small issue given that 75% to 80% of the riders each year are participating in the STP for the first time. And when one cyclist goes down, he/she takes several more down as well. These covers should be permanently removed or at least designed to be perfectly flat. Just common sense.

This trail could be a real asset to the community, but presently it is a hazard to cyclists.

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

worth the time

July, 2024 by sistahspeak

I can't give this 5 stars because of the 3 busy highways that you have to cross when getting close to Tenino.
Otherwise it is a great trail for distance, and relatively quiet without a lot of trail traffic.
word to the wise.. there is a significant amount of the trail that is not shaded. Wear your sunscreen and or go early in the morning.
I am planning another trail ride this year most likely in the fall.

Steel Bridge Riverwalk

this is a safe and vital crossing dedicated for pedestrians and bicyclists underneath the busy congested car lanes

June, 2024 by davidc5

this is a safe and vital crossing dedicated for pedestrians and bicyclists underneath the busy congested car lanes

Accordion

Highway 26 Bike Path

If you're traveling from Beaverton to Portland, this is the best way to do it if you're on a bike. After the bike path ends, you can take a short side road to the Oregon Zoo.

June, 2024 by davidc5

If you're traveling from Beaverton to Portland, this is the best way to do it if you're on a bike. After the bike path ends, you can take a short side road to the Oregon Zoo.

Waterhouse Trail

Rolling paved hills following power lines

June, 2024 by davidc5

This is an easy paved path with both up hills and down hills, some straight stretches, some curvy parts as it follow some large power lines in a north-south swath through the neighborhoods. There's one section where you have to get off the trail and go about a quarter mile through traffic and a busy intersection to connect and continue the trail on the other side of Highway 26 (Sunset) so if you have small kids with you, consider only doing the north half or the south half. There are several street crossings and many parks and connecting trails to other destinations.

Pacific Way Trail

Behind our house

May, 2024 by bt9d499bs5

We walk and bike this trail often. Made a 15 mile loop by riding the trail and then riding around Lake Sacajawea. You see ducks, turtles, herons, and nutrias.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Falling into disrepair

March, 2024 by daywood

I love that this trail is here and I ride it often, but the section between Manning and Buxton is becoming unpleasant to ride because of neglected upkeep. As has been noted in other reviews, the bridge transitions are dangerous if you are unaware and hit them at speed (which is likely on the steep downhill run below Buxton). Also in that area, tree roots have pushed the asphalt into ridges big enough to unseat you or to bounce your chain off. Many of these are hard to see in shady areas. There’s a section just above the Manning trailhead where the asphalt has been torn up and heavily grooved for years. I recently met a rider in that area pushing his bike back to the Manning car park with a shredded road tire. I am sure money is tight. Although I want to see new trails built, I would not want it to result in neglecting to maintain this regional gem of a trail, particularly the heavily used lower half of it.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

One of the Best Rides of Our Lives

March, 2024 by greggssystem

We moved from Bellevue (Omaha) Nebraska 3 years ago and we loved riding our bikes on the Papio Creek 20+ mile trail. However this ride is one for the “record books”. It’s got to be one of the most scenic rides in America and worth the one-hour drive from our home north of Vancouver Washington. This is a “must be there” ride!

Warrenton Waterfront Trail

much better than reviewers give it credit

March, 2024 by fgladics

Compared to trails that get all star rating, albeit a short 4 miles this trail is well maintained and has sufficient width to pass the two abreast walkers. Over half the trail is on a dike next to the Columbia River and its daily ship and commercial fishing boat traffic. Additionally there is a well maintained bathroom facility halfway between Warrenton and Hammond at a dog park. Before the dog park coming from Warrenton there is a very short section of on road riding, but the shoulder is 4 foot wide. The town of Warrenton/Hammind do a wonderful job of maintaining the trail One thing to be aware of is there are several elk herds that use the trail area and in the fall during elk rutting season you might need to detour our wait them out.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Deferred maintenance only worsens from year to year. :-(

January, 2024 by tracey.heil

This really could be a spectacular trail.... :-(

Unfortunately, there is a section of trail between Banks and Buxton that goes through some hay fields that has been desperately overdue for repairs for years now. We ride the entirety of this trail every summer, so we are very familiar with the state of the trail from one year to the next. The transitions from trail to bridges are horribly jarring, and that one section I mentioned above has large sections of crumbling asphalt that can be downright dangerous for those of us riding road bikes with narrower tires. You simply cannot enjoy the ride through this section, as you're constantly trying to stay upright as you navigate the vast sections of potholes.

I have tried complaining to the staff at Stub Stewart, but no one seems to have answers when pressed for repair timelines. Worse, I've experienced them "passing the buck" by bemoaning the multi-jurisdictional nature of trail ownership and maintenance. At this point, they need to stop pointing fingers and just figure out how to make these desperately needed repairs to the trail!

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail

Lovely trail; short but sweet

November, 2023 by acaikman08

It's paved, it's short but sweet, keep in mind that the railroad IS active (not super active, I didn't see any trains on my particular trip), so use caution at crossings. It's within Battle Ground State Park. I went on a fall day and was tickled (and slightly saddened) to see a bunch of uneaten apples that had fallen off the trees in the area; hopefully some of the local wildlife got some tasty snacks out of them.

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

Biked all 56 miles both ways in 2023.

October, 2023 by bkabat1

Aug. & Oct. 2023 I biked entire 56 mile trail both directions. TrailLink write-up is generally correct, with pavement at both ends and then a variety of gravel (packed, loose, and rough) through 90% of the ride. All bridges were completed many years ago, and perfectly in tact. (So, don't pay attention to the many pictures and posts here from 2011; those 2011 pics do not show nor tell of the trail as it exists today.) I used a mid-width tire (1.95"), which handled the gravel nicely. One should NOT bike the loose and rough gravel on thin street tires. I am a fair-weather-only biker: I took one bottle of water (refilled along the way), a jacket, sunscreen, but no backpack. The trail was wonderful for me in the warm, dry weather. I stopped in Pe Ell and got food at the mini-mart, and stopped in LeBam and got a late lunch. I was never in a hurry, using mid-gears over the rough, just soaking in all the beauty of the countryside, hills, forrest. Depending on your energy, you could do the whole length in one day in the dry Summer if you start at 8:30am, or do it in two days, starting around noon. The Raymond side could be a little confusing as it brushes over 101 and the city for a half-mile; map helped there. But, 99% of the trail is woods, farm fields, forrest, and beautiful countryside. I put up about 20 pictures of the journey along the way.

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