Billy Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Olympia, Washington

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Far from its glacial source on the southern side of Mount Rainier, the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound in a broad delta. Once a working farm, the site has become one of the finest birdwatching locations in the Puget Sound region, although many people come purely to enjoy the natural setting. Whether looking specifically at the birds or not, hikers will find an interesting walk that explores a wide range of habitats and wildlife. Fiery beginnings from beneath the Earth’s crust, the evidence at Pinnacle Peak is more subtle, found in interesting columns of extruded rock near the summit. And although at only 1,800 feet it hardly qualifies as a significant climb, it's visibility and prominence in the Enumclaw region give Pinnacle Peak a certain “because it’s there” satisfaction to all who have reached the top, no matter how easy the trip might be.
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)

Far from its glacial source on the southern side of Mount Rainier, the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound in a broad delta. Once a working farm, the site has become one of the finest birdwatching locations in the Puget Sound region, although many people come purely to enjoy the natural setting. Whether looking specifically at the birds or not, hikers will find an interesting walk that explores a wide range of habitats and wildlife.

Fiery beginnings from beneath the Earth’s crust, the evidence at Pinnacle Peak is more subtle, found in interesting columns of extruded rock near the summit. And although at only 1,800 feet it hardly qualifies as a significant climb, it's visibility and prominence in the Enumclaw region give Pinnacle Peak a certain “because it’s there” satisfaction to all who
have reached the top, no matter how easy the trip might be.

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

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Olympia
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Best Times: Hikable year-round, daily, sunrise–sunset (seasonal closures occur throughout the year)
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 360-753-9467; fws.gov/refuge/Billy_Frank_Jr_Nisqually
Driving Directions: Directions to Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Recent Trail Reviews

1/3/2010
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Very crowded and the trail was so well used that it was very slick even without rain for most of the way. really only one good view. It is probably great for regular exercise but hardly worth it as a destination.



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