Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Bird watching. Completely isolated beach.

Cons

Use restricted to defined trail.

Trailhead Elevation

15.00 ft (4.57 m)

Net Elevation Gain

20.00 ft (6.10 m)

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Southwest Washington Coast, Washington
Southwest Washington Coast, Washington

Comments

Beware of Misquitos there, We had a great time walking along the water and checking out birds but as soon as we hot the trail back it was attack of the misquitos! I litterally ran back to the car and we were all covered in bites when we got home.
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