Captain William Clark Park and Trail

Washougal, WA
Length: Varies
Type: Point-to-point

About This Trail

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This park was opened during the bicentennial celebration of Lewis & Clark stopping here at Cottonwood Beach to collect provisions for their trip East along the Columbia River Gorge. The large park parallels the Columbia River and connects to Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail. Steamboat landing, at the end of the trail, offers opportunities for fishing.

This multi-use trail is excellent for biking and also allows equine access. Dogs are welcome on this trail but not allowed in the Wildlife Refuge.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Bike Trails, Camping Nearby, Lake, Mud Puddles, and Wildlife Viewing

Multiple covered areas for picnics- BBQ’s and benches available

Restroom near Cottonwood beach parking

Trail Contributor

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Being outside is how I re-charge. It gives me perspective, fills me with gratitude and provides an opportunity to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life. I am fortunate to share this passion with my amazing husband and our son.  I was born and raised in the PNW but I love exploring any area I can get to. One of my favorite things about Hike it Baby is that I have a built in community of friends to provide trail suggestions anywhere we go.


Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

From I5, take exit 1A for Hwy 14 East. Follow approximately 19 miles to Washougal. Turn right on S 32nd street. 32nd will come to a T with Index. The parking lot is directly in front.