The Trail of the Deer - Lewis and Clark State Park

Date: August 16, 2009
Distance: about 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: none
Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Weather: warm and mild
Maps: Lewis and Clark State Park map
My Route:

  1. From the trail head nearest the park entrance, follow The Trail of the Deer until it ends at a parking area
  2. Trail head for Old Growth Trail is visible across parking area
  3. Follow Old Growth Trail to an unmarked junction, turn right
  4. Return to parking area and The Trail of the Deer
  5. Turn left on Loop C
  6. When Loop C reconnects with The Trail of the Deer, return to the starting point via The Trail of the Deer.
These trails are not at all well marked. I recommend bringing along a park map and writing in the locations of the interpretive markers from this sign. The markers will give you a clue to which intersection you are at as you hike.
The red trail with numbers is Trail of the Deer. The red loop at the upper left is Old Growth Trail. The blue are loops A, B and C with A at the bottom and C at the top.

The Trail of the Deer and the Old Growth Trail are supposed to be interpretive trails, but I couldn't find the literature to know what to look for at each number marker. Fine by me, I enjoyed basking in the trees without educational materials.

Lewis and Clark State Park has one of a small number of stands of old growth forest in the northwest. I love being among the huge trees!
This Douglas fir is so tall I couldn't even see any branches!

All the trails I hiked on were easy, with no real elevation gain. The Loop C was a bit overgrown, while the interpretive trails were mostly clear. There is one tree down the you have to duck under. In all these short walks would be fine for children and people with low endurance. There are even benches at short intervals on the Old Growth Trail.
Old Growth

The whole park seemed to be nearly empty, surprising for a summer weekend. I didn't see anyone else on the trail and only a few people when I drove through the campground.

Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map There are restrooms and water in the park

What I said about these trails before: Lewis and Clark State Park Trips
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:
Washington State Parks

This hike was part of Hike-A-Thon 2009, a fundraiser for Washington Trails Association. All my hike-a-thon posts are here. My fundraising page is here.

Have you been on this or a nearby trail? Please share your experience.

1 comment:

  1. The pictures of this trail are great. Looks like a wonderful trail.