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Day Hike - Chehalis River Discovery Trail

A family Hike to explore this wonderful river just south of Olympia, with lots of room to spread out on the trail. The birds will be coming alive with nesting and singing in this riparian habitat close to home. This hike is for families only please.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

We will meet at the parking area  by the wastewater treatment plant at 2:00pm and expect to be done by 5:00pm.

This is a great trail for enjoying spring and to learn how land trusts work to protect and restore special habitats.  There are two short out and back trails with various views of the river. We will stop and share a bird lovers snack on a nice beach along the Chehalis and toss a few rocks and muscle shells. Then we will head back to the second half of the trail where views of two bald eagle nests are still possible!


Chehalis River Discovery Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Masks are required for all participants and hand sanitizer for each family.

All participants should have a pack with a waiststrap and kids should bring Essentials appropriate to age, with at least water, spare food, spare clothing, and emergency whistle.

Adults should bring simple 10 essentials including family first aid kit.

Everyone should have good shoes and dress for the weather including rain gear and hats.

Bring binoculars and nature guides if desired.  We will provide some as well.

This trail is appropriate for young kids.

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