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Leadbetter Point State Park - Leadbetter Point

Hiking to Leadbetter Point, you will find yourself at peace looking out onto the beautiful coast just south of the Olympic Peninsula. The beaches and coastal wildlife will take your breath away

After following State route 4 west to US 101 to enter Long Beach, you will continue north on SR 103 and arrive at Leadbetter Point State Park. The trailhead is approximately 1.5 miles up from the Park.

As you begin your hike, take caution of the possible flooding from the November to April months. Once you reach the beach after heading west on the Red Trail for 0.5 miles, and following the Blue Trail right for 0.8 miles, you will enter a quiet, secluded place to enjoy the waters and beaches. The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is located 0.5 miles north of the beach and indicates your return route back to the trailhead. If you choose to return, the loop is 3.6 miles, but if you choose to continue hiking, the trek is about 3.5 miles up to the peninsula. This specific trail makes a 1.8 mile retrun.
Driving Directions:

From Kelso, go 60 miles on State Route 4 west to US 101. For 15 miles, head south on US 101 and turn right just onto Sandridge Road (just before entering Long Beach). You will come to a junction with SR 103 in 11.5 miles. Continue north on SR 103 for 7.3 miles to enter Leadbetter State park. The road end and trailhead will be another 1.5 miles after the Park entrance.

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Ledbetter State Park — Sep 13, 2013 — BobnSusie
Day hike
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to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of WTA (!!!!!!!) I traveled down to Cape Disappointment wher...
to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of WTA (!!!!!!!) I traveled down to Cape Disappointment where we were lucky enough to get to stay in the Lighthouse Keepers Homes. We drove to the north end of the Longbeach Peninsula and worked on the new ADA trail being constructed there. We had good weather (meaning no rain....) and although it was gray and humid, a lot of contruction and material movement happened to prepare for the two weeklongs happening there now. Lee, Lisa, Gail, Denise,Bob and Bonnie, Paul and Mike were amaiable companions and co workers and we accomplished a lot. After work, we ate too much delicious food and got to go up in North Head Lighthouse as another compensation for our labors. A truly neat experience that made the nearly 400 mile round trip from Seattle well worth the drive. Thanks for the good times!!!
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Leadbetter Point State Park - Leadbetter Point, Leadbetter Point State Park - Dune Forest Loop — Apr 26, 2013 — dolyn
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Blowdowns | Overgrown | Water on trail | Bugs
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This was our first trip to Leadbetter. There were a handful of cars in both parking lots and we saw...
This was our first trip to Leadbetter. There were a handful of cars in both parking lots and we saw two black bears on the road driving in. We attempted to hike the Dune Forest Loop (red), the Bay Loop (green), and the Weather Beach Trail (blue). Someone had left a post-it note at the trailhead warning that the Bearberry Trail (yellow) was completely flooded and impossible to pass.

We started out at the second parking lot on the Dune Forest Loop and head up towards the Bay Loop. This part of the trail was perfect and had excellent views of the bay. Finding the Bay Loop was a little difficult at first as it was overgrown closest to the beach. We followed the Bay Loop back to the Dune Forest Loop and this part of the trail was great minus lots of buzzing bugs that didn't seem to be biting.

We tried to walk to Weather Beach Trail but it was so flooded that it was impassable and we gave up after about .25 miles in. We continued along the Dune Forest Loop which seemed pretty well maintained and followed it back to the beach down near the first parking area. This part of the trail was so overgrown that we lost the trail and had to walk on the beach back to where we started. At least 8 trees had fallen from the forest on to the beach and in to the water so we had to climb over and under them was it wasn't that difficult.

Over all it was a nice park to explore and I'll definitely come back the next time I'm out on Long Beach. Hopefully the Weather Beach Trail will be accessible next time I'm there.
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Leadbetter Point State Park - Leadbetter Point, Leadbetter Point State Park - Dune Forest Loop — May 13, 2010 — HappyCamper
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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We ventured out to this hike but the forest trail was still mostly flooded. Need more time for it t...
We ventured out to this hike but the forest trail was still mostly flooded. Need more time for it to dry out before you can do the entire trail.
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Ledbetter Point State Park, Willipa National Wildlife Refuge — Aug 23, 2008 — Cheetarzan
Day hike
Issues: Overgrown | Bugs
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No official region on the selection map for this hike. North end of the Long Beach Peninsula. Driv...

No official region on the selection map for this hike.

North end of the Long Beach Peninsula.

Drive past all the Kite shops, Ice Cream vendors and tacky tourist traps in Long Beach.

Keep driving north, past the (unfortunately out or business) ARK Restaurant, past one of the most pretentious ego gates in the state, keep driving until you can't go no more.

We started early and were greatly rewarded.

First we headed east to see what was happening on Willipa bay.

A sweep with the binoculars revealed about 20 Great Blue Herons in the near shore shallows.

We walked north along the shore and saw some dunlin and plovers.

Another group of herons with two unexpected visitors, brown pelicans.

Turning west into the interior we spooked some sunning garter snakes.

In about a mile and a half we came out onto an incredible stretch of (car-less) beach. Turning back inland the trail became slightly overgrown and in need of some clearing. The mosquitos were numerous and hungry along this part of the trail. We walked the entire 5 miles without seeing another person. The early hikers get the trail to themselves.

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Ledbetter Point State Park — Dec 29, 2001 — Kim
Day hike
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Next time you're in need of an ocean 'fix' and you head to Long Beach, take the time to hike around...

Next time you're in need of an ocean 'fix' and you head to Long Beach, take the time to hike around Ledbetter State Park, at the tip of the spit.. It's a very beautiful park and is adjacent to Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. The trail begins in a beautiful forest of lodgepole pine, Oregon grape, holly, and millions of fern, and winds amongst the sand dunes leading down to the shallow beach. There is a length of beach strolling dotted with a few information boards describing the various wildlife there, and time of the year in which you can expect to see them. In the distance are the Willapa Hills, and the tip of Mt. Rainier is visible as well. The sign at the loop trailhead warns of possible trail flooding during the rainy season; but there is a trail that takes you off the fragile saltmarsh loop and back uphill onto the dunes and back to the trailhead, if this is the case.

Do yourself a favor, and tour the little pioneer town of Oysterville, just beyond Ocean Park and Nahcotta. You won't be sorry! Chat with the locals, too - in Oysterville and in Ocean Park. Getting to know the history of a place and those who love it enhance the enjoyment of any trip.

Continue to the lighthouses at Fort Canby State Park. There are several short loop trails atop the bluffs to poke around on. Deer are everywhere! The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse trail at the Interpretive Center was closed by the U.S. Coastguard. The North Head lighthouse trail is an Accessible trail, and is open. It's well worth the trip! Lighthouse tours are $1.

If you're lucky, while strolling on the beach near the jetty at Ft. Canby, you'll be treated to a double rainbow over the lighthouse. And if you're real lucky, the rainbows will be reflected in the wet sand on the beach. And if you're real REAL lucky, you won't have snapped your last picture about 5 minutes ago. I was real lucky.

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WTA worked here!
2013
Location
Olympics -- SW Washington
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Statistics
Roundtrip 10.6 miles
Elevation Gain 50 ft
Highest Point 35 ft
Features
Coast
User info
Good for kids
Dogs not allowed
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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