Leadbetter Point Hiking

Miles of trails invite refuge visitors to explore the abundance and diversity of the northern Long Beach Peninsula. Learn more about the natural and cultural history of Leadbetter Point…

  • Access & Map

    Follow the signs from Pacific Highway 103 to the northern end of Stackpole Road. A Washington State Discover Pass is required to park in the parking area which is shared with Washington State Parks. Beach driving in the refuge is only allowed during state-regulated razor clam digs.

    The trails in the Leadbetter Point area are flooded with deep water throughout the rainy season (October through May), so plan accordingly. Between March and September, look for posted signs that indicate the closed snowy plover nesting area. Mosquitos can be numerous during summer months. Be aware of hunting activity during winter months.

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  • Observation Platform

    Gain a panorama view of northern Willapa Bay from the observation platform. An easy 300 ft (0.3 m) walk from the parking area. The platform is part of the Bay Loop Trail. Wildlife viewing is best at mid to high tide. We recommend binoculars and a scope to view birds on the mudflats.

  • Bay Loop Trail (Green Trail)

    Difficulty = EASY (MODERATE on beach section)

    Length = 1.1 mi (1.9 km)

    Trailhead Location = Look for small sign on the western end of the parking area.

    This short loop travels along the sandy shore of Willapa Bay, through salt marsh meadows, and forest blanketed with lichen and moss.

  • Bearberry Trail (Yellow Trail)

    Difficulty = MODERATE (length and travel on sand)

    Length (one-way) = 1.8 mi (2.9 km)

    Trailhead Location = Look for small sign on the western end of the parking area

    The shrub and tree-lined Bearberry Trail connects the Bay Loop Trail with the ocean beach. Salal, wax myrtle, huckleberry and shore pines create a dense tunnel-like trail with few openings for views. Near the ocean beach, the trail travels through grass-covered dunes and along the seasonal snowy plover nesting area closure. A loop can be made from the Leadbetter Point Parking Area when combined with the Weather Beach Trail to the south.

  • Weather Beach Trail (Blue Trail)

    This trail straddles the boundary between Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Leadbetter Point State Park, and connects the parking area to the ocean beach. The trail travels through open pine forest and dense shrubs. Near the ocean beach, the trail travels through grass-covered dunes and along the seasonal snowy plover nesting area closure. A loop can be made from the Leadbetter Point Parking Area when combined with the Bearberry and Bay Loop Trails to the north.

  • Dune Forest Loop Trail (Red Trail)

    Difficulty = MODERATE (length and travel on sand)

    Length (one-way) = 2.1 mi (3.4 km)

    Trailhead Location = Look for small sign on the western end of the shared parking area or follow the signs from the State Park parking area to the south.

    This trail is within Leadbetter State Park. As the name implies, the trail provides a walk through both dunes and forest. The forest here is a mix of shore pine, western hemlock and sitka spruce. Wax myrtle, salal and huckleberry create dense tunnels of vegetation. Moss and lichen cling to branches and cover the soil. A portion of this trail leads to views of the bay. Mosquitos can be numerous during summer months.