Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge


The Sandpiper Trail leads visitors into the salt marsh salt marsh
Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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and through the alder and cottonwood forest for quiet reflection and wildlife observations. Benches are positioned in open viewing areas looking over the intertidal flats. The wooden boardwalk is level for an easy stroll. The tidal stage is important to note for watching shorebirds. The best viewing time is three hours before to three hours after high tide. During this period, the tide pushes birds closer to the Sandpiper Trail for closer viewing.

Sandpiper Trail

Trail Length (mi)
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Estimated Time
90 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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