Enjoy a flat, sandy stroll to the mouth of Willapa Bay on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Leadbetter Point lies at the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. The peaceful and often deserted trails run along the Willapa Bay shoreline for more than 10 miles, passing through maritime forests, mudflats and grassy sand dunes.
Work your way through lowland shrubs and forest and head west on the Weather Beach to the coast. Once there, hike out between a lane created by white posts to the water. These posts keep hikers off of important nesting habitat, so please stay between them as you head north along the coast.
Pay attention to wildlife. Black-tailed deer and raccoons are prevalent, but the main attraction is bird watching. Long Beach Peninsula is right in the path of the Pacific Flyway, the main thoroughfare for migrating waterfowl. More than 200 different avian species are often spotted in the area.
Leadbetter Point is constantly changing as the sand dunes shift or erode away. Sometimes you can continue beyond Leadbetter Point, and sometimes the trails are completely flooded. Go as far as the trail will let you, turn around, and just enjoy the peace and quiet of wintertime Long Beach.