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Enjoy almost a mile of paved trail on the south side of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center. The trail starts near Fort Walla Walla and ends at West Chestnut Street. As an added bonus, have fun learning a little about our solar system via the planet walk. The Fort Walla Walla Recreation Trail Planet Walk was created by the 2007 Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Class with support from many other community organizations and businesses. This walk really puts things in perspective.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  • Elevation:

    875 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Reservations:

    N/A

  • ADA:

    Yes

  • Multi-Use:

    Yes

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    N/A

  • Your Public Lands

    City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department

  • What To Do
    • Hiking/ Biking

      Enjoy an easy walk through the solar system. No spaceship required. Satellite data shows the trail is 0.9469 miles and is well-maintained. Enjoy open views of the horizon. Use this trail and save yourself a 3.7 million mile space walk trying to accomplish the real thing.

  • How To Get There

    From downtown Walla Walla head west on Poplar Street to Myra Road. Take a left onto Myra Road. Drive 0.4 miles and take a left at the Fort Walla Walla Museum entrance. Travel past Fort Walla Walla Museum and park at the trailhead at the end of the road. As a reference, the remote control plane runway is on the left and the remote control vehicle track is on the right.

  • When To Go

    There really isn’t a bad time to visit the Fort Walla Walla Recreation Trail. Get distracted by all the fun planetary facts or enjoy an intersection-free jog. Pair this outing with a trip to the Fort Walla Walla Museum or Children’s Museum of Walla Walla for added fun. Overall, a great place to engage with nature, especially when the mountains aren’t quite accessible for other outdoor recreation activities.

  • What To Expect

    Enjoy an easy, convenient walk in town. The area is maintained by the City of Walla Walla. The Planet Walk really does transform a quite ordinary paved path into an attraction for all. Bring your inner astronaut--we think this trail is stellar.

  • Fees

    None

  • Regulations

    Please keep all pets on a leash under eight feet long.

  • Amenities

    Facilities are available at the Fort Walla Walla Museum during business hours. There is a public restroom near the Fort Walla Walla Military Cemetery, which is on the other side of the museum grounds.

  • Field Notes

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.