Chehalis River Surge Plain

Alder Grove, Washington

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A “slough” of surprises awaits you on this wonderful interpretive trail within the 3000-acre wildlife-rich Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve. Hike along an old logging railroad through the largest tidal surge plain wetland in the state. Along snaking sloughs and through a tunnel of greenery, at times you may think you’re hiking in Louisiana instead of Washington. From 1910 until 1985, trains chugged through this saturated bottomland of scaly-barked spruce and speckled-bark alder. A few years later, trail crews from the Cedar Creek Correctional Camp helped transform the abandoned line into a great little trail. The first 0.5 mile is wheelchair-accessible. Trail is subject to flooding.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A “slough” of surprises awaits you on this wonderful interpretive trail within the 3000-acre wildlife-rich Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve. Hike along an old logging railroad through the largest tidal surge plain wetland in the state. Along snaking sloughs and through a tunnel of greenery, at times you may think you’re hiking in Louisiana instead of Washington.

From 1910 until 1985, trains chugged through this saturated bottomland of scaly-barked spruce and speckled-bark alder. A few years later, trail crews from the Cedar Creek Correctional Camp helped transform the abandoned line into a great little trail.

The first 0.5 mile is wheelchair-accessible. Trail is subject to flooding.

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

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Alder Grove
Distance: 7 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boating
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Pacific Cascade Region
Local Maps: USGS Central Park
Specialty Birds: Flycatchers, wrens, warblers, and many more.
Driving Directions: Directions to Chehalis River Surge Plain

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Apr 2018