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Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula
47.4381, -122.8366 Map & Directions
Length
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
50 feet
Highest Point
50 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
South Tidal Marsh trail in the Mary E. Theler Wetlands. Photo by Tomas. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage

Located at the head of Hood Canal, Theler Wetlands consists of more than 3 miles of accessible walking trails within 139 acres of protected salt marsh and estuary wetlands. If they’re open, you and your family can discover the displays and hands-on exhibits that teach more about the wetlands ecosystem. Continue reading

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Hiking Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve

Located at the head of Hood Canal, Theler Wetlands consists of more than 3 miles of accessible walking trails within 139 acres of protected salt marsh and estuary wetlands. If they’re open, you and your family can discover the displays and hands-on exhibits that teach more about the wetlands ecosystem.

From the visitor center, walk along the River Estuary Trail, which follows an old dike for about 0.5 mile. At the first junction, go right to explore the recently restored saltwater estuary. Watch for red-winged blackbirds, kingfishers, herons, Canada geese and other waterfowl.

The trail continues for about half a mile, passing the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center before rejoining the River Estuary Trail. Turn right, passing the picnic area and restroom, to a series of boardwalks that lead to a junction at 1.25 miles, where a viewing platform overlooks the Union River.

Before returning to the parking lot, take the quarter-mile South Tidal Marsh Trail for views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Also consider exploring the Sweetwater Creek and Alder Creek Trails, both of which make nice quarter-mile loops.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

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Hike Description Written by
Kelsie Donleycott, WTA Correspondent

Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4381, -122.8366 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 Bremerton, drive west on SR 3 to Belfair. Continue 1 mile to the Mary E. Theler Community Center.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Kitsap Peninsula

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Belfair

wetlands map available online

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Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve

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