Long Island Hiking

Hikers who explore Pinnacle Rock at low tide must be cautious of incoming tides so not to get stranded/USFWS Photo
  • An Island of Solitude

    The Long Island Unit can only be accessed by boat. The remote character of the island provides wildlife and visitors a chance to relax into the slower pace of the place. Enjoy exploring the cultural and natural history by foot. We recommend the following…

  • Trails

    Hikers enjoy walking on Long Island's interior trails/USFWS Photo

    Explore a network of old logging roads. These converted roads offer over 10 mi/16.1 km of hiking opportunities leading to shorelines, meadows and forests. Travel to Baldwin Slough for glimpses of resting waterfowl and shorebirds. Scan the treetops for bald eagle nests and lower branches for kingfishers. Meadows at High Point, Paradise Point and Baldwin Slough are good places to quietly observe deer and elk. Wetlands near Sawlog camp and Smokey Hollow erupt with frog chorus in spring and early summer. On damp days, scan the forest floor as you walk for salamanders and newts.

    View a map of Long Island Trails.

  • Cedar Grove

    This wooden signs marks the beginning of the Cedar Grove Trail/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    One of the most popular destinations is the Don Bonker Cedar Grove Trail, a 0.75 mi/1.2 km loop trail near the center of the island. To get to this location, land your boat at the old ferry landing on the southern tip of Long Island and follow the center road north, the trail to the Grove is ~ 2.5 mi/4 km from the landing. An alternative route can be found leading from the beach just south of the Smoky Hollow Campsite.

    Although the 274 acre (111 hectares) cedar grove contains trees that are over 900 years of age, the trail winds its way through three different aged forests. Look for evidence of logging from the 1960s, as well as during the 1930s before the advent of the modern chainsaw. The oldest portions of the grove are abundant with diverse plants and animals. The upper tree canopy is home to whole communities of plants and animals. Large branches provide platforms for marbled murrelet nests. Standing and collapsed dead trees are habitat for woodpeckers, bats, flying squirrels and amphibians. Near the forest floor is a tangle of huckleberries, woodland flowers, ferns and mosses.

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  • Beaches

    Beaches of the western side of Long Island are fun to explore during low tide/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow

    The gravely and sandy beaches of the western side of the island are interesting to explore by foot. Examine freshwater streams for small fish and tidal flats for shellfish. Look for raccoons, otters, great blue herons and shorebirds foraging on the shorelines and mudflats. Scan high for roosting or hunting raptors, such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, osprey and merlin.

    Pinnacle Rock can be accessed during low tides. Use caution when exploring this area as the tides change rapidly which may result in becoming stranded.