The Eagle Creek fire has closed most trails from Wyeth to Troutdale.

Sams Walker Loop

Western Gorge, Washington

Sams Walker Loop
Sams Walker trail (photographer: Joan Amero)

Trail Features

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  • Bird ViewingBird Viewing

Trail Description Driving Directions

This is an easy, mile-long stroll through former farmland. From the trailhead, walk the well-graveled trail through an abandoned field. When you come to a fork, take the right route. The easy trail weaves its way through a couple of fields to a sign describing planned restoration. From here, the trail heads straight south toward the river. As the trail winds just above the floodplain, look for paths down to the river. Particularly when windy, the views of the river and the Oregon side of the Gorge can be quite beautiful.
 
History
In 1983, Skamania County approved a 78-acre riverfront subdivision called Hidden Harbor on wetlands just downriver from Washington's Beacon Rock State Park and across the Columbia River from Oregon's renowned Horsetail Falls. While today's National Scenic Area would not allow such a subdivision, the law was still three years away from enactment. Friends of the Columbia Gorge filed a lawsuit on the ecological impact to the shoreline and successfully stopped the subdivision. The Trust for Public Land later bought the property and in 1988 conveyed it to the U.S. Forest Service; today it is a public park.
 
Hike by Bus! The Skamania County WET Bus stops at this trailhead. Plan your next trip using this service with our suggested hike itinerary. Learn more.
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Trail Details

Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities

Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities

These trails and recreation areas in and around the Gorge are open for exploring.

November 8: Evening of Inspiration

November 8: Evening of Inspiration

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Ready, Set, GOrge!

Ready, Set, GOrge!

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Driving Directions

Sams Walker Trailhead:  From Bingen, WA: Travel west on Washington State Route 14 approximately 22 miles to Skamania Landing Road at milepost (MP) 32.8. Turn left (south) onto Skamania Landing road and travel a quarter-mile crossing the railroad tracks to the parking area. From Vancouver, WA: Travel east on Washington State Route 14 approximately 33 miles to Skamania Landing Road at MP 32.8. Turn right (south) onto Skamania Landing road and travel a quarter-mile crossing the railroad tracks to the parking area. + Read More

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