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Day Hike - Oakland Bay Historical Park

Plan this trip with a low tide, so that you can access the small beach. Stay off the tidelands, however, as they are leased.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles

This small park, managed primarily by Mason County and Capital Land Trust is a gem.  If the gate is locked, it's less than 1/2 mile to the parking lot and clean restrooms.  Maps are available online, as well as some history about the land/area.  Plan to hike when the tide is low, because the small beach and stream are well worth observing.  The tidelands are off limits however, as they are leased, so stay close to the land.

We had three young kids, who were thrilled with taking many photos for Mary Birchem's photo scavenger hunt.  Snow was still on the ground, and the beach was so interesting that we didn't hike as many trails, but did enjoy the trails, beach, and old logging equipment by the trail.

Passports were completed by the kids at the SUGAR STOP CAKE SHOP in Shelton -- a perfect place for warming up, socializing, and handing out prizes.

Many thanks to Mary and CLT for all the work to make this a successful hike!