PLAY: Trails & Boardwalk
Posted on March 29, 2014
Chinook, WA 98614
Hikers of all abilities will enjoy meandering the roads and paths of the Fort, viewing gun emplacements, batteries, historic buildings, and viewpoints. The Fort Columbia Interpretive Center and Commanding Officer’s Historic Home are open in the summer. Visitors can unwind while picnicking on the rolling green lawn among flowering shrubs and shade trees. Those with adventurous minds can almost see soldiers waiting for an enemy attack which (thankfully) never arrived. During the Cold War, Battery 246 was set up as an operations center for the governor and other high ranking state officials in the event of nuclear war. We hope you enjoy touring the Fort and learning about its’ rich history.
Experienced hikers can enjoy some of the best hiking in the region. The Scarborough Trail begins at the west parking area and winds steeply through dense forest to a summit elevation of 767 feet in just 1.2 miles. Chances are, you won’t encounter anyone else on the trail while you’re making this hike and taking in some of the most stunning views of the area. Continue from the summit, winding down the mile-long Military Road Trail back to the fort. The 600-foot Military Spur connects the two trails for those who don’t wish to go all the way to the summit.
If the steep hike is more than you have time (or inclination) for, enjoy the Concomly, or ‘Loop’ Trail that runs between the parking area and Military Road within the Fort. This 1.5-mile trail takes hikers through a dense coastal forest where you can observe a variety of local plants and wildlife.