With Memorial Day launching the unofficial start of summer, it’s a good day to kick-start your family activities for the season. In addition to summer camp and trips to the beach, there are many local areas and activities to keep in mind.
This Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day, an annual celebration of trail activities across the country: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. Several locations in the area are hosting events – the City of Ridgefield celebrates with the Big Paddle – an interpretive tour by canoe, kayak, or even paddleboard along Lake River to the confluence of the Columbia River. Registration for the tour is required, but there are other free activities along the waterfront.
But you don’t have to wait until Saturday to get outdoors. This area offers many close-by opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, or just strolling along the beach to throw a stick for your dog. Some of our favorites include:
Cape Horn, a rigorous hike along the Gorge that offers amazing panoramic views of the Columbia River and Gorge. Head East on WA State Route 14 to signs at milepost 26.4.
Captain William Clark Park is a very popular picnicking and swimming area along the Columbia River in Washougal. Cottonwood Beach can get a little crowded on holidays, but a short hike East around Cottonwood Point offers more privacy.
However you decide to launch your summer activities, Clark County offers many opportunities for views of Nature as Neighbors.