Willapa National Wildlife Refuge: Bear River Trail

OutAndBack • 3.5 mi • 10 ft

Follow the lazy and snaking Bear River to the sprawling mud and salt flats of Willapa Bay. During low tide look out over a landscape that glistens. Listen to it belch and gurgle. Watch herons spear fry, osprey drop from the sky, and otters playfully slide. Observe critters large and small, from grazing elk on the forest edge to singing frogs in trailside pools. On an old dike elevated just a few feet above the flats, dry feet are guaranteed as you hike through this saturated landscape.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stringtown
Length: 3.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Other Uses: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Chinook
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