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Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill

Southwest Washington Coast, Washington

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  • Starting out on the Military Road Trail.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum).- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • View toward the barracks and the Columbia River.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Manroot (Marah oreganus).- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum).- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Old-growth forest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Poison delphinium (Delphinium trolliifolium).- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Forest along the Scarborough Hiking Trail.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Bunker along the Scarborough Hiking Trail.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Bunker along the Scarborough Hiking Trail.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • View west toward Cape Disappointment.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • Giant Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis).- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
  • View near the top of Scarborough Hill.- Fort Columbia, Scarborough Hill
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth coastal forest. World War II bunkers.
Cons: 
No vistas from the top of the hill. Trail is often overgrown.
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Region:
Southwest Washington Coast, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
590.00 ft (179.83 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
190.00 ft (57.91 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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While visiting Fort Columbia State Park, don't miss the opportunity reacquaint yourself with the trail by trekking onto one of several hikes that lead up Scarborough Hill.

After departing from the highly manicured landscape of Fort Columbia, visitors will quickly immerse themselves into an old-growth forest dominated by Sitka spruce, western hemlock and a continuous sea of sword fern.  In total, the park boasts just over 4 miles of hiking trails, but the summit of Scarborough Hill can be reached with just a mile's walk via the Military Road Trail.  Along the way you'll find pocket clearings where thick undergrowth gives way to views over the Columbia River and west toward Cape Disappointment.  Unfortunately, the 590-foot climb to the top isn't rewarded by panoramic vistas, simply more dense coastal forest.  Make your way down the singletrack Scarborough Trail, however, where numerous World War II bunkers wait to be explored.

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