Burnt Bridge Creek Trail


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Burnt Bridge Creek Trail Facts

States: Washington
Counties: Clark
Length: 7.7 miles
Trail end points: NW Lakeshore Ave. and NW Bernie Dr. and NE Burton Rd. just west of NE 90th Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6579341

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail Description

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 through forests, grasslands and city neighborhoods, as well as Leverich Park and Arnold Park. Travelers should take note that the trail veers onto sidewalks in a few well-marked places.

Parking and Trail Access

A trailhead is available near the route's midpoint at Leverich Park's northern parking lot. From I-5, take exit 2, go east on E. 39th Street, then north on NE Leverich Park Way.

A trailhead is also available from Stewart Glen. From I-5, take the 78th Street exit, go west to Lakeshore Avenue, then take a left (south) until you reach the intersection with Bernie Drive; parking is along the street.

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail Reviews

A great time.

maybe they’ve done a better job at restoring this, but these review seems so exaggerative to me. I went on a Friday afternoon and they were barely any people and maybe 1 to 2 homeless people that I saw on the trail. Although i only did half, it was beautiful. A little confusing at first but I got the hang of it. Theres some hills you can go on near the middle of the trail on the sides but they aren’t very stable.

not safe - homeless people with guns

Went through the Meadows Park area and there were a number of homeless camps. One man had his face covered carrying a gun that was pacing the trail. We got past them, husband went back to check on an elderly couple we passed to be sure they came out ok and they did but we took the streets back to our car. Very scary and disappointing that so much beauty has been lost. This was around 1 in the afternoon today.

Ok for skating, but not the best

Mostly smooth, with some rough stretches. Good hills to slalom down, but there's one big one near powerlines with a bridge at the bottom where the asphalt is chipping away, a little scary to hit at speed. There were some tents near one end of the trail, and some teenagers hanging out near the park restroom, but no one bothered me and I didn't seem to bother them. The concrete part is not smooth.

not safe after dark

There's a huge homeless encampment between Meadow Brook Marsh Park and Meadow Homes Park on the east side. You're riding along then it's like a state park campground with dozens of tents in the meadow. Please clean this up as I didn't feel safe towards evening with the type of activities going on. What a waste of a beautiful trails and a slap to taxpayers. I wouldn't think of taking my kids through here. What a shame because it's one of the nicest trails in the area.


pleasant fall ride

This is a well surfaced path sometimes a bit confusing as to where to go to continue but google maps and or TrailLink really help. There is a bit of homelessness under the overpasses but well off the trail. Park worker’s were abundant and really trying to keep things picked up. All in all a very pleasant 1.5 hour ride round trip

Not Great for Little Kids. Unpleasant Urban Views

This ride looks promising based on the photos, but it’s pretty grim in reality. We went with or 6 and 8 year old and they struggled on the many big climbs. The trail crosses a few major roads and is a little daunting for little kids. Much of the trail looks into people’s backyards and/or power lines. And few homeless camps and trash now pepper they area near overpasses. Would not recommend if you’re going for anything other than exercise

great biking trail

I ride this almost daily in the summer , I really like having this trail so close to where I live. The only issues is you really need to pay attention the first time you ride it or you may get lost like I did. And since COVID-19 the homeless have really took over this area.

Pleasant easy trip

Since this is close to the house we frequently hit the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. It is pleasant, has a variety of views and frequent wildlife. It can get really crowded on pretty weekend days and you have to watch out for little ones.

It's pretty good

The trail is pretty large and has some other trails where it leads off of. It seems good for biking. One issue I found with the trail were the power lines that were there. However, after a certain distance those are ignored.

not bad

since I'm not from the area this was a neat ride to see some of the other parts of Vancouver it follows the electrical lines and a nice riverbed the ending is a bit anti-climactic but worth the trip overall

Peaceful Cruise

Gave this trail a go this week in the early morning. Was a slower trail, with a lot of winding paths through the wooded areas. Pleasantly full of wildlife and flowers to view along the way. A great path for the casual pleasant morning. If you are looking for a path to get out and really move this path is not for you however, limited visibility and high pedestrian traffic make the slower pace a must for safety.

Burnt Bridge trail

Beautiful trail, feels like your out in the country, but you are ridding through Vancouver between I-5 & 205. It is a little hilly but not to steep. Nice ride.

Some very nice, some not

My 8-year-old son and I did this ride. We parked at Leverich Park and went east to the end of the trail then back to the west end and back to Leverich Park.
Most of the ride was great, but there are some unpleasant parts have kept us from repeating it.

Things that could be better:
The trail is very bumpy from Fourth Plain to Devine. I hope they repave this section.
The trail is kind of hard to follow between I-5 and Alki Road. The ride along and across Hazel Dell Avenue wasn't fun (too much traffic whizzing by and a difficult crossing).

Things that were nice:
The trail is very scenic west of Alki Road, through Leverich Park, and South of SR-500.
The ride east of Devine is enjoyable (and pretty flat)
We liked taking the bridge over I-5.

One more thing:
The trail is pretty hilly around SR-500, my 8-year-old needed a couple breaks (my wife and younger kid wouldn't like this part).

North Parking Lot - Trail to the East

Today, I parked in the Leverich Park's northern parking lot and took the trail to the east. The trip was an easy 12.6 miles roundtrip. There are some up and down grades, but very manageable. In general, the area is rural and picturesque. There were a few streets to cross, but all had cyclist friendly crossings. Overall a great peddle! Next time I'll add the trail to the west.

Lightly forested & rolling hills (West), marshes & duck ponds (East)

Greenway Stewart Glen Trailhead (West)
Heading east to Alki Road review:

Beginning with a lightly forested canopy with Burnt Bridge Creek on your left, the trailhead opens to beautiful rolling hills. You'll see robins, blue jays, sleepy horses, chicken coops, barns, and cottonwoods along the way.

Greenway Access off NE Burton (East)
Heading west to E 18th St. review:

Look for Burnt Bridge Substation and head down 90th to 92nd Ave. Turn right at NE 19th Circle and park at the end of the street. This an excellent path for biking, skating, jogging, or walking. The smooth asphalt is also ideal for longboarding until reaching E 18th St., where it becomes too bumpy.

You'll see plenty of beautiful marshes and duck ponds. Along the ride, you'll be surrounded by giant towering metal creatures, suspending power lines. Listen for the hum of electricity flowing through their veins. There's a bathroom at N Devine Rd. for the epic journey ahead.

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