Padilla Bay Trail

OutAndBack • 4.8 mi • 30 ft

Hike on a snaking dike built by tenacious twentieth-century settlers and farmers through the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Established in 1980 to protect extensive mudflats of eel grass, the 11,000-acre preserve is a bird-watcher’s paradise. The trail twists and turns along sloughs, tidal flats, and salt marshes, allowing you to scope out herons, eagles, falcons, dunlins, brants, and scores of other winged residents. And in addition to the profuse birdlife, you’ll be treated to unhindered views of surrounding mountains, islands, and farmland from this delightful and level path.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bay View
Length: 4.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 30 feet
Other Uses: Kid-friendly, Dog-friendly, Car Camping nearby
Local Contacts: Skagit County Parks
Local Maps: USGS La Conner
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