For a great time hanging out in Downtown Washougal park your car and start your day at Pendleton Woolen Mill. Take the Washougal City Exit from Highway 14. Turn right on Main Street to Pendleton Way and head south (right). You can’t miss it. The Pendleton Outlet Store features great deals on Pendleton's vast array of quality menswear, womenswear, blankets, fabrics and more.
Visitors are also invited to take a free tour of the mill. Here you can see the process firsthand from the state-of-the-art dye house, through spinning and weaving, to the finishing of their distinctive Native American blankets.
These public tours for individuals and small groups (under 10 persons) are held Monday through Friday, at 9 am, 10, am 11am, and 1:30 pm. Reservations are not required, however tour spaces are filled on a first come basis. Tours take about 45 minutes. To place a tour reservation, call the Washougal Mill Store at 360-835-1118.
Head on foot for a short walk up to Main Street for a bite to eat or something to drink. Consult your Discover Guide for your choices. After your stop be sure to check out shopping along Main Street and the bronze Seaman statue at Reflection Plaza. Keep your eyes open for several colorful murals on the sides of downtown buildings.
Now head to the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, at 1 Durgan Street west of the Pendleton parking lot, for a tour of the rich local history. They are open March-October on Thursday-Saturday from 11a.m.-3p.m. Check out the brochure rack mounted outside filled with visitor information.
Next you will head to the Pedestrian Tunnel on the southeast corner of the Pendleton Mill parking lot to enjoy the viewpoint at Steamboat Landing. You’ll take in some breathtaking scenery and might see some local recreational fishermen on the dock pulling in some salmon, sturgeon or whatever is in season and running in the river. Be sure to admire the welded artwork at the tunnel entrance, on the dock and the stone art within the tunnel itself.
Take a stroll east bound along the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail (known locally as the Dike Trail). You will want to stop to read the historic markers, enjoy the amazing views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River and watch for wildlife. Be sure to swing down to the beach at the entrance to Captain William Clark Park and enjoy a walk in the sand at Cottonwood Beach.
You can continue east on the trail that takes you to Steigerwald Natural Wildlife Refuge to see more birds and wildlife or head back into town.
Any trip to Washougal should begin with a look at the Washougal Discover Guide. It provides a map to featured attractions, great food, beverages and coffee shops. You can find them at the Best Western Inn, City of Washougal, Two Rivers Heritage Museum or download a copy at visitwashougal.com/discoverguide.