Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Day Hike - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Explore the wildlife and scenery in a natural river estuary by Puget Sound via a boardwalk providing elevated views, stopping for lunch at a picnic table with nearby portapotties, before returning to the cars on a looped trail.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • High Point Elevation: 10 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10 AM at the Visitor Center of the Billy Frank, Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, reached by taking Exit 114 from I-5 (which crosses over I-5) and turning right at the end of the exit to go under I-5, and right again at the T junction onto Brown Farm Road, which ends at the Visitor Center parking lot.  One person in each car must carry with them a National Park Pass to display upon request, or pay a $3 or $4 fee.  There are restrooms at the Visitor Center and portapotties at the lunch spot.

From the Visitor Center we will hike a counter clockwise loop on a gravel path, with out and back extensions on  elevated boardwalks.  We'll have our lunch at a picnic table under a forest canopy by the twin barns, where several portapotties are nearby.  A variety of birds, ducks and plant life are seen on this hike.


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
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