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Day Hike - Bowerman Basin

Bring the family to see this amazing spring phenomenon when the shorebirds flock in huge numbers in the mudflats. Kid binoculars and spotting scopes provided!

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi

Meet at Olympic National Forest Headquarters on Black Lake Blvd at 2:45 for a 3:00pm departure and a 45 minute drive. Meet our Audubon Society guide and hike .6 miles of messed up road to the start of the Shorebird Trail, a 7/8 mile long boardwalk with viewing areas of the mudflats.  High tide at 5:45 pushes the shorebirds within good viewing distance.  Some bird and wildlife guides will be provided along with 2 spotting scopes.  Bring your own binoculars, scopes, and bird guides or make use of ours.  Special snacks for shorebird lovers will be provided.  Bring your own beverage.  After viewing, those who would like can drive to a nearby Hoquium City park for a picnic dinner. 

This is a family hike.  All adults must be accompanied by a Mountaineers child or guest.

This trip will be cancelled in the event of a downpour, but not a light drizzle.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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