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.
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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Leadbetter Point State Park - Leadbetter Point, Leadbetter Point State Park - Dune Forest Loop — Apr 26, 2013 — dolyn
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.
Leadbetter Point State Park - Leadbetter Point, Leadbetter Point State Park - Dune Forest Loop — May 13, 2010 — HappyCamper
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.