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Willapa Hills Trail

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region
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Length

56.5 miles, one-way

Elevation

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
 
 

Once a railroad, this trail allows visitors to travel between the towns of Chehalis and South Bend without having to drive! This makes an excellent outing, whether you want a quick jaunt or a longer bike ride, though the trail is in varying stages of development, so be sure you are prepared for pavement, gravel, or possibly dirt, depending on your route.

Access is available for hikers, runners, and bikers from the Pe Ell entrance, in Chehalis, or off Dieckman Road, Ceres Hill, or Meskill Road, all near Adna. You can also hop on the trail from Rainbow Falls State Park, where you can ride or walk a short distance from the park's entrance to the trail itself.

Find the paved section between Chehalis and Bunker Creek. This 5.5 mile stretch sees the most traffic of this trail. From there, the trail becomes graveled, perfect for bicycles with thick tires.

As you walk, keep an eye out for equestrians. In addition to hikers and bikers, horses enjoy this trail from the Adna trailhead, found off Dieckman Road. Equestrians can also access the trail from Pe Ell; a Discover Pass is required for both of these trailheads.

Though the trail runs 56 miles from Chehalis to South Bend, currently it can only be hiked in sections due to its incomplete nature. Several trestle bridges are closed due to a lack of decking, making them unsafe for travelers. Check out a helpful map of mileposts, closures, and notable sights along the way here: bit.ly/1RDKfLG

Another map illustrating which sections are best for hiking can be found here: bit.ly/1JpPqfU

As of December 2015, trestles at Spooner Road and Doty-Dryad Road have opened. This connects more than 12 miles of trail from Spooner Road west of Adna to Pe Ell.

In June 2016, three more bridges have opened. While the bridge at mile 27 is still difficult to cross, this recent development allows visitors to enjoy an unbroken 27 miles of gravel, paved, and hard-packed dirt road.

 

Willapa Hills Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.6475, -122.9741 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

Washington State Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

Willapa Hills State Park PDF Map: https://bit.ly/2TaYlIe

Getting There

There are several access points for this trailhead.

Chehalis (1.1 mile from I-5):
From I-5, take exit 77 and turn west onto Highway 6. Drive to the first stoplight and make a left on Riverside Drive. Follow this to SW Newaukum Drive, where you will turn left. Make a left on SW Sylvenus, then a right on Hillberger Road. Parking lot and facilities are on the left.

This is where the pin on the map above is dropped.

Adna Trailhead (5 miles from I-5):
From I-5, take exit 77 and turn west onto Highway 6, continuing for 4.3 miles. Make a right on Bunker Creek Road, and then another right on Dieckman Road. Parking lot and facilities are on the left.

Ceres Hill Trailhead (10.5 miles from I-5):
From I-5, take exit 77 and turn west onto Highway 6, continuing for 9 miles. Make a right on Ceres Hill Road, and proceed 1.6 miles. Here, the trail crosses the road, where you will find a gravel parking area.

Meskill Trailhead (18 miles from I-5):
From I-5, take exit 77 and turn west onto Highway 6, continuing for 15 miles. Make a right on Chandler Road, another right on Leudinghaus Road and proceed 3.5 miles. Turn left onto unsigned Meskill Road and you will cross the Willapa Hills Trail. Stay right, and pass Forth Road, then proceed another 0.1 mile to a gravel parking lot on the right. No facilities.

Rainbow Falls State Park:
From I-5, take exit 77 and drive Highway 6 west for 16 miles. Turn right at the sign for the state park, cross the Chehalis River, then left after the bridge, following the signs for the state park. Once in the state park, the connection to the Willapa Hills trail is to the left of the entrance station, at the day use area.

Pe Ell Trailhead (22 miles from I-5):
From I-5, take exit 77 and drive west on Highway 6 for 22 miles.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
 

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