Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Olympia, Washington 98506

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Year round
15 feet
Trailhead Elevation
15 feet
Top Elevation
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Local Contacts
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge brochure
Local Maps

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Jul 2018