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Frenchman's Bar

Southwest Washington

Just a few miles from the heart of downtown Vancouver is a quaint rural getaway, where the Frenchman’s Bar Trail connects Vancouver Lake Park to Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. The wide, paved path provides the perfect urban getaway for hikers and dog walkers alike—it’s also a favorite among birders. On clear days, you’ll be treated to views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. Continue reading

Location

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area
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Length

2.5 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 210 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

Parking Fee required: $2 for motorcycles $3 for cars $6 for cars with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes

Just a few miles from the heart of downtown Vancouver is a quaint rural getaway, where the Frenchman’s Bar Trail connects Vancouver Lake Park to Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. The wide, paved path provides the perfect urban getaway for hikers and dog walkers alike—it’s also a favorite among birders. On clear days, you’ll be treated to views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.

As the trail proceeds past Vancouver Lake to Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, it traverses the shore of the Columbia River, with views across the way to Sauvie Island and the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, just north of Kelly Point Park. With unhindered views of the Columbia River, open sandy beaches and mountain vistas, there’s plenty of room to stretch out in this southwest Washington backyard.

While dogs are permitted on the trail year-round, they are not permitted on the beach or surrounding turf area of Vancouver Lake Regional Park between April 1 and Oct. 31.

Wheelchair Accessibility

This trail connecting traverses the Columbia River between Frenchmans Bar Regional Park and Vancouver Lake. It is wide and paved with great views.

Hike by WTA Correspondents
Ryan Schreiner

Frenchman's Bar

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.6855, -122.7614 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

City of Vancouver

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Guidebooks & Maps

Vancouver Lake Park

https://www.clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/dept/files/public-works/Parks/FrenchmansVanlakeTrail.pdf

Getting There

From I-5 in Vancouver, take exit 1D onto 4th Plain Blvd. Head west 1.5 miles, then merge right to stay on 4th Plain. Continue 3 miles to the main park entrance.

Note: In 2016, fees were reinstated to park here. $2 for motorcycles, $3 for cars, $6 for cars with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes.

Parking Fee required: $2 for motorcycles $3 for cars $6 for cars with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes

 

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