Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Olympia, Washington

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The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a treasury of birds and wildlife at any time of the year, but children will especially love this hike in the spring, when ducklings, goslings, and baby rabbits are everywhere. The amazing colony of blue herons across McAllister Creek is on nests from mid-April through mid-June. Even seen from half-mile away, the chance to watch the big birds swooping through the air to bring fish back to the nests for their babies is a special treat.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a treasury of birds and wildlife at any time of the year, but children will especially love this hike in the spring, when ducklings, goslings, and baby rabbits are everywhere.

The amazing colony of blue herons across McAllister Creek is on nests from mid-April through mid-June. Even seen from half-mile away, the chance to watch the big birds swooping through the air to bring fish back to the nests for their babies is a special treat.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Olympia
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 15 feet
Top Elevation: 15 feet
Local Contacts: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/26/2008
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This was the first day hike I took my 3 and 7 year old boys on to train them for backpacking. I enjoyed the hike, especially the boardwalk sections. After the boardwalk the trail is simply a gravel road. We did 2.6 miles here and it wore them down. Now I've learned that my kids hike with much more enthusiasm over narrow dirt trails with exposed roots and mud puddles such as the hike around Penrose Point. While there is much wildlife to enjoy at the refuge and its an enjoyable stroll for adults, what interests a 3 year old is what is in his immediate 4 foot radius bubble. The gravel road even the broad boardwalk had little interest for him and consequently my boys tired more easily then they do on "rough" terrain.



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