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Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Leadbetter Point

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area
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Length

10.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 35 ft.

Rating

3.29 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2015
 

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Enjoy a flat, sandy stroll to the mouth of Willapa Bay on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Leadbetter Point lies at the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. The peaceful and often deserted trails run along the Willapa Bay shoreline for more than 10 miles, passing through maritime forests, mudflats and grassy sand dunes.

Work your way through lowland shrubs and forest and head west on the Weather Beach to the coast. Once there, hike out between a lane created by white posts to the water. These posts keep hikers off of important nesting habitat, so please stay between them as you head north along the coast.

Pay attention to wildlife. Black-tailed deer and raccoons are prevalent, but the main attraction is bird watching. Long Beach Peninsula is right in the path of the Pacific Flyway, the main thoroughfare for migrating waterfowl. More than 200 different avian species are often spotted in the area.

Leadbetter Point is constantly changing as the sand dunes shift or erode away. Sometimes you can continue beyond Leadbetter Point, and sometimes the trails are completely flooded. Go as far as the trail will let you, turn around, and just enjoy the peace and quiet of wintertime Long Beach.

 

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Leadbetter Point

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.5970, -124.0521 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

Washington State Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Getting There

From Kelso, go 60 miles on State Route 4 west to US 101. For 15 miles, head south on US 101 and turn right onto Sandridge Road (just before entering Long Beach). You will come to a junction with SR 103 in 11.5 miles. Continue north on SR 103 for 7.3 miles to enter Leadbetter State park. The road end and trailhead will be another 1.5 miles after the Park entrance.

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