Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Day Hike - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

An easy Family Hike of 4 miles within the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Priority is given to kids with family. We will hike along the Twin Barns and Nisqually Estuary trails watching for birds and other wildlife along the way.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi

Meeting place and time will be determined by the participating families.  This will be a morning activity.

We will hike along the Twin Barns and Nisqually Estuary trails reaching the Puget Sound viewing platform.  We will view birds and other wildlife.  Binoculars are recommended.  We will take numerous stops along the way so the kids can look for various wildlife.  There is no elevation gain, but kids should be able to walk the four miles total.  This is good hike for elementary school aged youth.

Families need to be prepared with the 10 essentials and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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


* Binoculars are recommended if you have them.

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