Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Leadbetter Point

Oysterville, Washington

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Hike through thick maritime forest and across the state’s largest coastal dune complex to the wildest beach south of the Olympic wilderness coast. Then walk along the lonely surf all the way to the tip of Leadbetter Point. Undeveloped and lacking jetties, Leadbetter’s dunes, sandbars, and coastline are constantly shifting as nature intended. The surrounding dunes are home to nesting threatened snowy plovers (one of only three locations in Washington). Beginning in March, this small wading bird builds its well-camouflaged nest on dry sand in the upper beach and dune areas. Stay on the trail. Dogs prohibited.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike through thick maritime forest and across the state’s largest coastal dune complex to the wildest beach south of the Olympic wilderness coast. Then walk along the lonely surf all the way to the tip of Leadbetter Point. Undeveloped and lacking jetties, Leadbetter’s dunes, sandbars, and coastline are constantly shifting as nature intended.

The surrounding dunes are home to nesting threatened snowy plovers (one of only three locations in Washington). Beginning in March, this small wading bird builds its well-camouflaged nest on dry sand in the upper beach and dune areas. Stay on the trail. Dogs prohibited.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Oysterville
Distance: 10.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: May to October
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Adventure Maps NW Coast Trail Map and Guide
Specialty Birds: A myriad of species, from snowy owls to snowy plovers.
Driving Directions: Directions to Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Leadbetter Point

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