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Leadbetter Point State Park - Martha Jordan Birding Trail

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area
46.5979, -124.0398 Map & Directions
Length
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
15 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Doubletrack at sunset on the road to the Martha Jones Birding Trail. Photo by Ryan Ojerio. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast

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WTA began construction of this half mile new trail in 2013. Since then they've built several boardwalks and brushed out a rough corridor leading to a connection with the existing trail system through the forested dunes. Continue reading

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Hiking Leadbetter Point State Park - Martha Jordan Birding Trail

WTA began construction of this half mile new trail in 2013. Since then they've built several boardwalks and brushed out a rough corridor leading to a connection with the existing trail system through the forested dunes.

The project was completed by WTA volunteers in 2016. A second phase calls for an extension of the trail southward to a viewing platform.

During the 1950s and 1960s human activity to ditch and drain wetlands on the Long Beach Peninsula severely damaged the Hines Marsh, an important wintering area for Trumpeter Swans and habitat for many other species of wildlife. The swans abandoned the area, but returned in 2003 following an extensive restoration effort by Washington State Parks with help from several other partners including the Trumpeter Swan Society.

Park staff also worked with bird enthusiasts to envision a new trail project that would provide the public an opportunity to visit this unique area by linking it to the existing trail system at Leadbetter Point State Park. The plan calls for 1/2 mile of new trail across forested dunes plus nearly 700 feet of boardwalk across portions of the wetland. One segment will be ADA accessible leading to a viewing platform for visitors to observe the graceful swans, many other bird species and maybe even a black bear.

WTA worked here in 2016, 2013 and 2012!

Leadbetter Point State Park - Martha Jordan Birding Trail

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.5979, -124.0398 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Kelso, go 60 miles on State Route 4 west to US 101. For 15 miles, head south on US 101 and turn right 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. Look for the pullout for the Martha Jones Birding trail about a mile before the road ends.

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Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

Washington State Parks

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Washington State Parks Leadbetter Point State Park PDF Map: https://bit.ly/2BUcHqr

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Leadbetter Point State Park - Martha Jordan Birding Trail

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