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Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail

Southwest Washington Coast, Washington

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  • Looking out over the tidal flats of Willapa Bay.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Looking out over the tidal flats of Willapa Bay.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Tidal flat mud.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Unidentified tidal species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park along the Bay Loop Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Looking out over the tidal flats of Willapa Bay.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park along the Bay Loop Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park along the Bay Loop Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Unidentified sedum species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park along the Bay Loop Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Looking north toward Leadbetter Point.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Thick foliage along the Bearberry Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Thick foliage along the Bearberry Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Dune grass as far as the eye can see.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Long Beach at Leadbetter Point State Park.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri).- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Looking south down 25 miles of continuous beach.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Looking north down 25 miles of continuous beach.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Leadbetter Point State Park.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Western gulls (Larus occidentalis) at Leadbetter Point State Park.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
  • Returning along the Dune Forest Loop Trail.- Leadbetter Point Loop Hiking Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Bird watching. Completely isolated beach.
Cons: 
Use restricted to defined trail.
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Region:
Southwest Washington Coast, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
15.00 ft (4.57 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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It seems islands and peninsulas far from the reach of modern civilization are where nature tends to rule.  This couldn't be more true than at the very northern tip of the 28-mile Long Beach Peninsula.  In fact, you'll find few locations on the U.S. west coast as remote as Leadbetter Point (with the exception of Alaska, of course).  Leadbetter Point itself is protected as a part of the Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge and completely off limits to visitors (excluding the black bear that crossed into this area during our visit).    

This 3.8 mile interpretive loop traverses a diversity of landscapes including the low-land tidal flats of Willapa Bay, dense lodgepole pine and salal brush forest, grassy dunes, and a half mile of Pacific shoreline.  Although the trail doesn't specifically venture into the wildlife refuge, dogs are prohibited on much of the trail, and once you are in the dunes and beach you should hike only the designated routes to protect the breeding grounds for the endangered snowy plover*.

* Listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, snowy plovers are small wading marine birds that resemble sandpipers.  The plovers breed and nest in the coastal dunes of both South and North America as far north as Washington.  With encroaching human activities and development, stunted reproduction has diminished the species population count, but recent awareness has led to numerous preservation efforts throughout the U.S. West Coast.

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