Day Hike - Fort Flagler State Park


Day Hike - Fort Flagler State Park

A family-friendly hike for children and their grown-ups through a coastal defense fort turned historical site. We'll explore the shoreline and military structures on a loop around the park.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 250 ft

10:15a: Meet and socialize, gear up.

10:30a: After a brief round of introductions and an explanation of our route, we'll set off on our adventure.

Location TBD pending scouting trip for best meeting location, but will probably be the Lower Campground parking lot and restrooms as seen on this map.

Discover Pass required.

WTA, AllTrails, and State Park information. Print and bring your own map.

Our intended route includes Marrowstone Point and its lighthouse, which means we can expect cold and windy conditions. Be sure to bring warm layers and a shell to keep the weather on the outside!

In the event of unsafe weather conditions, including gale force winds or winter storm warnings, this trip will relocate to a more appropriate site. 

In order to adhere to our Covid-19 Safety Precautions, we will be wearing face masks and practicing social distancing throughout this adventure. Caregivers, please help us keep each other safe by setting expectations with your kiddos ahead of time! Bring extra masks to change out as weather and salt spray may make a cloth mask uncomfortably wet. And let's be prepared to meet one another with flexibility and grace as we navigate the challenges of modifying our pre-pandemic practices :)


Fort Flagler State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Eleven Essentials

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): face coverings and hand sanitizer.
  • Navigation: map & compass, or GPS and extra batteries/spare charger.
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, sleeves, etc.
  • Insulation (extra clothing): the layering system is your friend!
  • Illumination: flashlight or headlamp + extra batteries.
  • First aid supplies: appropriate to activity, including any necessary medication.
  • Fire starter: for absolute emergencies only.
  • Gear repair kit and tools, including knife.
  • Nutrition (extra food).
  • Hydration (extra water).
  • Habitation: emergency shelter.

Also consider bringing a pair of binoculars to search for bald eagles along the coast, and kiddos may bring their Passports if they have them!

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