Join the us for a hike on Long Island, Saturday, June 11, for a unique opportunity as it is only accessible by boat. The island is a part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and is home to the Don Bonker Cedar Grove Trail, which winds through an old-growth coastal temperate rainforest with many large western red cedar trees and remnant stumps.
The hike to the cedar grove is a 6-mile roundtrip, on an unpaved trail rated at moderate difficulty in some areas. Hike the trail at your own pace, read interpretive signs and interact with Refuge staff and volunteers along the way.
Registered guests will meet at Cutthroat Creek near mile marker 24 on U.S. Highway 101 for a boat shuttle to the island. The boat will leave every 15 minutes between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, shuttling small groups onto the island. The boat will then take groups off the island with the last shuttle at 4:00 pm.
- Participants must be able to walk on uneven terrain over a long distance.
- All participants MUST wear a Personal flotation device (PFD) on the boat. The Refuge will provide a PFD if you do not have one.
- Wear all-weather clothing and appropriate footwear.
- Bring water and snacks as well as binoculars, camera, and insect repellant.
Past attendees have raved about this trip. One said, “I was so excited to go on this trip with the Friends! The beauty of this place far exceeded my expectations. The ancient trees were so amazing, huge and glorious! I can’t wait to go again!!”
Registration is required and the cost is $25 per person. Visiting from out-of-town? The Pacific County Tourism Bureau offers a comprehensive list of restaurants, lodging, and things to do: https://www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com/.