Hood Canal and Theler Wetlands

Belfair, Washington

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Biology, botany, and ecology are just a few of the subjects taught in the living classroom of the Theler Wetlands. With an educational community center and more than 3 miles of trails that explore the saltwater and freshwater marshes at the head of the Hood Canal, even seasoned naturalists are sure to come away from a hike at Theler with new knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the natural world. Three trails head out from the educational center, each worth exploring. South Tidal March Trail runs on an elevated boardwalk over the rim of the canal to the edge of Lynch Cove. Despite dead-ending at a viewing platform after only .25 mile, the marsh trail offers plenty to see along the way. Visiting this location during high and low tides can provide vastly different experiences; a huge mudflat hidden beneath the water is exposed only when the tide is out.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

Biology, botany, and ecology are just a few of the subjects taught in the living classroom of the Theler Wetlands. With an educational community center and more than 3 miles of trails that explore the saltwater and freshwater marshes at the head of the Hood Canal, even seasoned naturalists are sure to come away from a hike at Theler with new knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the natural world.

Three trails head out from the educational center, each worth exploring. South Tidal March Trail runs on an elevated boardwalk over the rim of the canal to the edge of Lynch Cove. Despite dead-ending at a viewing platform after only .25 mile, the marsh trail offers plenty to see along the way. Visiting this location during high and low tides can provide vastly different experiences; a huge mudflat hidden beneath the water is exposed only when the tide is out.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Belfair
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, daily, sunriseā€“sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 100 feet
Top Elevation: 100 feet
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 360-275-4898; thelertrails.org
Local Maps: USGS Belfair
Driving Directions: Directions to Hood Canal and Theler Wetlands

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2011
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Nice trail for kids and dog. Easy climbs and second half is all beach. Kids ages 4,7 and they were able to hike entire loop.


5/13/2007
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Great walk!. This is an easy, exhilarating walk. The views are fantastic during the entire walk. The jumble of flotsom and driftwood make the return walk back to the parking area different and entertaining. This walk is very unique to Washington and should be "required" T.I.C. The downhill portion is very steep, footing is sandy, young children might need to be tethered on the high bank portion of the walk. Brix1


7/2/2006
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It's hard to imagine a nicer trail that is this short, easy and manageable with kids. The high path isn't in the trees at all, so the views are awesome all the way. And then the beach makes it a loop back, so there's no back-tracking! Perfect.



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Apr 2018