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Leadbetter Point State Park - Martha Jordan Birding Trail — Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Southwest Washington

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free
I timed our drive out to Leadbetter Point State Park to coincide with Kai's nap which worked perfectly. We arrived in the late afternoon and made a stop at Waikiki beach (Cape Disappointment State Park) to play before tackling our next Hike-a-thon Hike. WTA volunteers built the Martha Jordan Birding Trail at Hines Marsh in 2013/14 but it is yet to be connected to the trail system at Leadbetter Point. We accessed the trail from its parking area south of the entrance to the park and used a double track road (1.0 mile) to reach the trail. The double-track road is the long driveway for a private vacation rental property, Leadbetter Farms. While hikers can legally walk down the road to reach park property, they are not yet allowed to drive. Some day WA State Park's staff hope to provide vehicle access to the Marth Jordan Trail which is otherwise very wheelchair friendly. Park planners also envision an extension of the trail with more boardwalk and a viewing platform to the south. I used our stroller/backpack combo to ferry the kids down the road. Along the way we saw lots of fresh bear scat and soon encountered a mother black bear and her cub! They watched us from far down the road, then ran off into the wetland. The wide, wheelchair friendly section features several boardwalks then ends as the route goes deeper into the forested dunes and turns into a narrow path. We left the trailer behind and followed the path towards the ocean as long as we could until we reached the spot where the last WTA crew had left off brushing in spring 2016. A fall 2016 work party is planned to continue construction of the connector trail that will link it to existing paths in Leadbetter Point State Park. As the sun was setting we paused to have an appetizer of evergreen huckleberries before heading back to catch the setting sun on the beach.