There are more than 12 miles of trails encircling and interweaving the town of North Bonneville known on the whole as the North Bonneville Heritage Trails. These range from paved and flat to rougher, dirt trails that are somewhat steep in places. All afford nice exercise and views from the valley of the high peaks above the wide Columbia River. There are four separate trails, with an additional very short loop perfect for the littlest hikers.
The downtown station area is the heart of the system, where most trails begin and end. Stop here first to get a map (or at least a picture of the main one) before heading off.
The Hamilton Creek Trail is a 1.25 mile long loop that offers a short tour of the western neighborhood of North Bonneville. Heading west from the downtown station, follow small circular discs printed with "Hamilton Creek Trail". These are posted on lampposts, but if you lose sight of these, faint blue footprints and arrows point the way. You'll cross a large bridge over Hamilton Creek, and shortly after crossing the salmon-bearing creek, get a short peek at the golf course before Hamilton Mountain dominates the horizon.
From the mountain view, the trail begins to meander through back and front yards. Please respect the inhabitants by staying on the trail. Turning south, Hamilton Mountain recedes into the background. A fence appears to your right, marking the border between North Bonneville and Pierce National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge is closed to the public except for guided tours or research, but it provides a pretty backdrop as you walk towards the river. A bench along the way provides a rest stop if needed.
The rest of the trail parallels the river -- though you won't be able to see it -- before turning back into the Downtown Station.
Another loop option is the Strawberry Island Trail. 1.5 miles long, it extends south past the city ball fields up onto Strawberry Island. The trail travels through beautiful mature oak forests and extensive grasslands out to a point above the mouth of Hamilton Creek where you can see Pierce and Ives Islands, as well as Beacon Rock. This trail is primarily grass track and transits both flat and hilly terrain.
The tread of the Strawberry Island trail can be rougher and the trail itself is fainter. Consult the map often to be sure you're on the right track.
A third option is the Columbia Trail. At about 2.5 miles long, this trail heads east through the Fort Cascades Historic Site. This trail offers views of Bonneville Dam and travels through a Douglas-fir and Oregon white oak forest. If you are lucky, you may glimpse some elk on this route, but visit early in the morning for wildlife shots. At the Fort Cascades trailhead, interpretive signs and a brochure tell the historic events of the Lower Cascades of the Columbia River, including what this area looked like before the Columbia was dammed and the people living along the river displaced.
Finally, the Greenleaf Trail is a 2 mile trail on the north side of Highway 14. This traverses east along sparkling Greenleaf Lake to the east, highlighting the Pioneer Cemetery and the history of the Native Americans in the area. The loop also passes the popular Bonneville Hot Springs Resort.
North Bonneville Heritage Trails
- 12.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 20 feet
- Highest Point
- 40 feet
Hiking North Bonneville Heritage Trails
North Bonneville Heritage Trails
Map & Directions
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