This is a fairly new trail along the south side of this wetland. There is no designated parking for it, so you will need to park in the Walmart or shopping center parking lot to the east and cross the street to the trail.
When I was there I watched a hawk circling the wetland. Walking the paved path I had to watch my step as apparently several types of animals like to use it as a waste site.
If you go north up the street past Walmart, you’ll come to an area with trail access to the wetland, and a constructed wetland area behind the Walmart.
The Larch Mountain Trailhead includes parking and restrooms to get you started for either a casual hike or ride along logging roads, or a challenging hike or ride that can take you several miles.
The Thrillium Mountain Bike Trail which goes north from the trailhead, is very steep in places. Following the road that goes uphill to the southeast, will take you to the top of Larch Mountain, and connects to more trails to choose. When I visited here a couple months ago, I followed the Cold Creek trail to the north from the summit that was prepared for a mountain bike race later that day. I found some parts of this trail challenging to descend, and impressed that people would actually ride a bike down it. I then connected with the Tarbell Trail, and followed an easy walk along a logging road (Murphy’s to Thrillium Access Route) until I turned onto the Thrillium Mountain Bike Trail and climbed (yes, CLIMBED) up the hill back to the trailhead. While some of these trails offer splendid scenery and views, you might want to leave some of them to the mountain bikes. The loop I walked was about 5-1/2 miles. Enough trails exist in the area to choose pretty much any length of walk you want, including connecting to the 20 mile loop Tarbell Trail.
This a collection of several trails that can make for a good walk. You can make loop walks if you don’t mind walking on the narrow shoulder of a road.
The stretch next to Reiman Road from Pioneer St to 23rd Pl is paved, with a decent climb to it. You then walk the sidewalk along 23rd Pl to the pedestrian path that runs between backyards south of 5th way. This connects the playground at the east, on 5th Way, to Heron Dr, with a side connection to Falcon Dr. East of the connector to Falcon Dr the trail is paved and level. West of there the trail turns to gravel.
Near Heron Dr, there is a trail that switch backs up the hill to North 11th Pl, and a trail that goes down the hill to Abrams Park, with a side connector to 7th Circle.
The trail to Abrams Park goes through a disc golf course setup on the hillside. This area includes many dirt trails for use of the disc golf course, or for exploring the hillside. At this point you have three choices that could form a loop. You could turn left along the park, through the dirt paths, and then go up the hill along the route of the petroleum pipeline, or turn right through the park and follow the Gee Creek Trail back to Heron Dr, or cross Abrams Park and then walk along Pioneer St to Reiman Rd (warning, a stretch of this walk along Pioneer St has a narrow shoulder along a busy road.)
The Gee Creek Trail is a 3/4 mile path connecting from Pioneer St to Heron Dr. through Abrams Park. Heron Dr to the park is paved, but in two spots follows what appear to be private driveways, including a stretch passing right next to a house and out buildings now owned by the city. From the park to Pioneer St is dirt.
Four parking spaces in the parking lot off NE Ross St are reserved for users of the Ellen Davis Trail. This trail goes two direction, though the east trail is not obvious from the parking lot. To the west the trail is a short (0.7 mile) connector to the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. The trail is partially paved and partially dirt, with a stretch of grass pavers on the hill. Note that there are numerous side paths off this trail which lead to campsites where people are living in tents.
To go east on the trail, from the parking lot, follow NE Ross St. up the hill to the east. After NE 15th Ave, there will be a gravel path along the side of Ross St. This is the Ellen Davis Trail. This gravel path continues along Ross St, crosses as Ross becomes 54th St, then turns north on 22nd Ave. At the end of 22nd Ave it becomes a true trail up and over the hill, then skirting BPA to reach St. James Rd, passing through a nice forested area.
Ridgefield has grown rapidly for the last several years. Many of the new developments have included multi-use trails that can make for good walks. The Pioneer Canyon neighborhood has several paved paths that weave between residences and the wetland area. Most, but not all, of the trails show up on Google Maps. If you live in the neighborhood, you could start out your front door and find a good loop along several of the trails. If you drive or ride to the neighborhood, there are many points to start into the trails.
Tarbell is a 20 mile loop trail which connects to numerous other trails and logging roads for a wide variety of hiking, biking and horse riding options. Some of the trails are very easy walks (such as the lower stretch of the Tarbell Trail near Rock Creek Camp) while others are very rough, steep and challenging. I suggest that you carefully study the maps at trailforks.com before trying these trails for the first time.
Chelatchie Prairie Rail With Trail is an out and back 1 mile paved level path that starts at Battle Ground Lake State Park. Note that inside the entrance to Battle Ground Lake State Park Clark County provides three parking spaces marked for the Chelatchie Prairie Trail where you can park without paying the State Park fee or having a Discover Pass. Total round-trip walking distance from the parking spaces, to the end of the trail and back is approximately 2.5 miles.
The roughest part of this trail, is the stretch from the parking area to the trail itself. After rains, this section can be muddy, but you do have the option of just walking out onto the park entrance road to reach the paved trail.
The long term plan is to complete a multi-use trail along the full 33 miles of the Chelatchie Prarie Rail line. This plan is held up by the cost of constructing sections where it passes through some areas of slope that would require costly engineering to complete.
There are options to continue further, or to loop back to the park.
Where the paved trail crosses 174th Ct and then crosses the railroad tracks, you could instead turn north on 174th Ct and follow it back up to Palmer Rd, where you can turn left and walk on the road with no shoulders about 450ft to a gated access road to enter the park. This connects you to the trails within the park to walk back to your vehicle.
At the end of the paved path, turn right, and follow the wide dirt trail which parallels the railroad tracks to a meadow. The trail crosses the meadow along the right edge and connects through to 167th Ave. Here you can turn right and follow 167th Ave north to Palmer Rd. Cross Palmer Rd to the horse trailer parking area. Walk up the trail through the meadow into the trails of Battle Ground Lake State Park to return to your vehicle.
At the end of the paved path, turn left to follow a wide dirt trail that extends to a field next to 229th St. This would be a good spot to turn around and return. The field is wet, so good to ride a horse through but not walking or biking. There is a driveway that connects to 229th St, but it is a private driveway, and would require stepping around the gate that says No Trespassing.
The final option available, is to continue along the railroad. I followed the trail (#2 above) to 167th Ave, then turned left and at the corner of 167th and 230th followed a trail straight ahead connecting to the railroad. This stretch of railroad to Battle Ground is a nice walk, but be warned, 1) it is not a trail, so watch your step, 2) it is still a functional railroad line so be alert in case a train approaches. If you walk this route, it would be best to return the same way. Walking the roads to Battle Ground State Park is a difficult task, since many sections have no shoulder, and vehicles passing at 50+MPH.