Annual Trail User Counts
2019 trail counts are scheduled for 5-7 pm Sept. 10, 11 and 12 and from 9-11 am Sept. 14 and 15.
Clark County Public Works collects data on trail use throughout our community.
Clark County, in partnership with the city of Vancouver, participates in the National Bicycle and
Pedestrian Documentation Program. Data collected helps the county develop future
plans and budgets to best serve the community.
Each trail will be surveyed on three weekdays in the late afternoon and on the weekend in the morning, corresponding with days and times set by the National Documentation Project. Trail users are counted at 18 different locations throughout the county, so many volunteers are needed to collect the data.
The week for counts is typically in mid-September. It will be announced on the county's website, with information provided to the local media.
Sign up to help out: Annual trail user count RSVP
Duties and responsibilities
Volunteers will attend a one-hour orientation/training on how to count. They will be assigned a specific trail and time and are expected to count only during those times.
Volunteers may work as pairs or as individuals. Clark County can accommodate large groups of volunteers to cover multiple trail locations.
All information will be submitted to Clark County Public Works.
Volunteers will need to:
- Provide their own transportation to trail count locations.
- Wear identifying volunteer clothing and equipment.
- Follow user count and survey protocols using county-provided equipment, including information sheets and safety vests.
- Track their hours.
- 45th Street at Main Street
- Burnt Bridge Creek Trail at NE Devine Road Trailhead
- Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach
- Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail at NE Palmer Road
- Columbia River Renaissance Trail
- Columbia Street at 6th Street
- E. Fourth Plain Boulevard at Burnt Bridge Creek
- Frenchman's Bar and Vancouver Lake Trail at the Blurock Landing Trailhead
- Lacamas Heritage Trail at NE Goodwin Road Trailhead
- Lower River Road Trail at Farwest Steel
- McGillivray Boulevard at Village Loop
- McLoughlin Boulevard at Ft. Vancouver Way
- Padden Parkway Trail at NE 94th Avenue
- Salmon Creek Greenway Trail at the Vancouver Girls Softball Association Trailhead
- Whipple Creek Park Trail at NW 179th Street and NW 21st Avenue
One hour of required training before trail counting day and two hours per trail counting day. Trail counts usually are scheduled for the second week of September: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
All ages can participate, but youth 13 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 will need a signed Minor Consent Form (PDF) to participate without a parent or guardian.
Volunteer application and background check
Volunteers must fill out and submit applications, but background checks are not required for trail user counts.
This is great opportunity to get outside and reconnect with nature. Information collected from volunteer trail counters will be used to plan future trail improvements.
Volunteer Program Assistant
Clark County Public Works