Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Day Hike - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to see birds and other wildlife. This will be a naturalist trip and will be slow paced in order to observe them.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10 ft
  • Pace: slow

Meet 8am at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge at the visitor center.  The visitor center is closed, but restrooms are open. A refuge entrance pass is required ($3.00 per car or national park pass).

Carpools are suggested (e.g. green lake/65th P&R, S. Renton P&R) and an email will be sent out a few days before the trip.

This trip will be more rewarding if participants bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have it.  Also bring a bird book or a bird app (such as Merlin).  Bring multiple warm clothing layers, gloves (maybe mini hand warmers) and rain gear.  Since we will be moving slowly and there may be a breeze as you leave forest trails and move out onto the estuary boardwalk, you will notice winter temperatures.  It is a very beautiful area! Bring a lunch.


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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