Columbia River Dike Trail


4 Reviews

View Trail Map
View Map
Send to App

Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 30,000 of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favourite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

Columbia River Dike Trail Facts

States: Washington
Counties: Clark
Length: 3.2 miles
Trail end points: Lewis and Clark Highway/SR 14 and Washougal River Rd. and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6604361

Columbia River Dike Trail Description

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 Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy views of the river and Mt. Hood.

The trail parallels Cottonwood Beach and is named for Lewis and Clark, who camped there in 1806. Walkers may enjoy taking a partial loop back on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail in the adjacent wildlife area.

Parking and Trail Access

Take Lewis and Clark Highway/SR 14 east to Washougal. Turn right (south) on 15th Street into Steamboat Landing Park and park at the trailhead.

Columbia River Dike Trail Reviews

Trail Length

This trail can be very loud in the industrial area, especially when a train goes by. Once you pass that area, the views are gorgeous, lots of wildlife to see, and it's very peaceful. However, this trail is longer than 1.3 miles -- it's more like 3.5 miles from Steamboat Landing to the end just past Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge.

Love it

Nice flat run with beautiful views of the Columbia river and Mt Hood. Visit the nearby 54 40 Brew Pub or start your run at Amnesia Brewing and enjoy a cold beer after your run!

Washougal Dike Trail and NWR

Good trail for: 5 to 6 mile hike, non-crowded, flat, bird and wildlife watching, close-in to Portland metro area.

I started at Clark Park and headed east. Pretty plain for the first 3/4 of a mile with Cottonwood trees on your right and industrial on your left. But then you broke out into views of the river, the gorge, farmlands, and the National Wildlife Refuge. Hiked the 2.5 miles to where a gate ends the trail. Coming back, took the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge loop including doing and out and back on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail. I went in mid July. Saw a few deer and ducks, so spring or early summer might be better for wildlife viewing.


Not knowing the area, I really had hoped this would be a scenic and peaceful trail along the river. Unfortunately, industrial plants line the north side of the trail along the entire route. Additionally, the trail doesn't really run along the water.

Nearby Trails

Go Unlimited Today!

  • FREE Account
  • View over 40,000 miles of trail maps
  • Post your trail reviews
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Get a free map in the app!
Register for FREE
Purchase Unlimited

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google

Log in with Apple


Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 40,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google

Register with Apple