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Burnt Bridge Creek - Western Section

Southwest Washington > Vancouver Area
45.6534, -122.6621 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
60 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
Wetlands provide opportunities to see waterfowl from the trail. Photo: Patricia Coulthard Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

The western section of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail follows the creek from Leverich Park to Fruit Valley Road. Stewart Glen is the highlight of this section of the trail. The first part of the trail navigates from Leverich Park to the east end of Stewart Glen. The second part passes through a meadow, grassy bottom lands, and thick woods leading to the lake-like backwaters of Burnt Bridge Creek where you may see ducks bobbing or hear frogs croaking. If you would like a nature experience without the urban hassle, try the Stewart Glen Section of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail instead of starting at Leverich Park. Continue reading

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Hiking Burnt Bridge Creek - Western Section

The western section of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail follows the creek from Leverich Park to Fruit Valley Road. Stewart Glen is the highlight of this section of the trail. The first part of the trail navigates from Leverich Park to the east end of Stewart Glen. The second part passes through a meadow, grassy bottom lands, and thick woods leading to the lake-like backwaters of Burnt Bridge Creek where you may see ducks bobbing or hear frogs croaking. If you would like a nature experience without the urban hassle, try the Stewart Glen Section of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail instead of starting at Leverage Park.

From the Leverich Park trailhead follow Leverich Park Way, down a hill, turning left at the small brown signs for the creek and the Discovery Trail. Cross over Burnt Bridge Creek.

A short distance down the Discovery Trail is the next junction and is the junction of the Discovery Trail and the Ellen Davis Trail. To the left is the main trail and leads towards Hazel Dell and Main Street, to the right is Highway 99. These trailheads have no parking and are intended for local access only.

In a few hundred feet is another junction. At this junction you can see the pedestrian overpass across the freeway. Turn left here and cross over the freeway and make a right at the next junction, then follow the bike path down along the west side of the freeway.

The trail goes through a short tunnel, turns left, and comes out to Hazel Dell Avenue. Make a right at Hazel Dell Avenue, going north about 500 feet, look for the trail on the left, just after the guardrail starts. Look on the left side of the road for the trail sign which says Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. Cross the road, and continue west on the bike path along Burnt Bridge Creek. This is also part of the Discovery Trail.

The trail crosses two roads and the creek a couple of times. The trail goes downhill and comes to a fork in the trail at the beginning of a large meadow. Take either fork as they rejoin in about .2 mile.

The trail continues west through the forest with views of Burnt Bridge Creek. Looking towards the creek you can see the creek enter a long, wide meadow and then some big ponds. Shortly after the ponds the trail reaches the western trailhead at the Stewart Glen Trailhead and is called the Dorothy Langsdorf Discovery Trail on the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway.

On the return trip, turn left off Hazel Dell Avenue just after the house address 5205. If you see the mailbox for 5115 or a lower address, you’ve missed the junction to get back onto the Discovery Trail. Continuing down the Ellen Davis Trail you cross an arched wooden bridge called the Friendship Bridge. This is the end of the paved trail. The trail the rest of the way to the parking is graveled and a bit steep. There are two junctions in the trail but they come together on the trail that goes to the top of the hill and the trailhead parking lot.

Hike Description Written by
Patricia Coulthard, WTA Correspondent

Burnt Bridge Creek - Western Section

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.6534, -122.6621 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5, take Exit 2. Drive east on 39th Street, turn left onto NE Leverich Park Way. Drive about .5 mile to the trailhead parking area on the right.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Vancouver Area

Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Trail (#)

City of Vancouver

Guidebooks & Maps

City of Vancouver Website:

http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/burnt-bridge-creek-trail-8-miles

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Burnt Bridge Creek - Western Section

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