Theler Wetlands & Twanoh State Park


Day Hike - Theler Wetlands

This level trail at the tip of Hood Canal is a perfect place for families with young children to explore boardwalks, wetlands, and whale skeletons!

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi

Meet at 1pm at the Mud Bay Park and Ride to caravan to the Preserve, which is a 45 minute drive.

This level trail begins at the visitor's center, where kids can view a complete gray whale skeleton. Then a short walk takes us to a boardwalk overlooking the tip of Hood Canal, where eagles hang out and ducks and geese dip and dabble.  Skirt the canal and wetlands as we head for a picnic area and bathroom at 1 mile.  From there, a short walk leads to another boardwalk from which we loop back through a tunnel of trees.  This trail is stroller friendly and we will focus on fun kid activities along the way.  Bring snacks to share.


Theler Wetlands & Twanoh State Park

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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