Trail of the Ancient Cedars
Season: All Year
DirectionsFrom Ilwaco, Washington drive U.S. Hwy. 101 north 13 miles to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Office. Access to Long Island is possible only by boat and at higher tide. Check the weather forecast and the tide table before you go, as bad weather and mud flats can make access to the island difficult and sometimes dangerous. From the boat ramp make the short trip across the channel to the boat ramp on Long Island and the beginning of the hike.
Follow the main road as it curves around a marsh and begins to climb a little as it passes some refuge buildings. The old logging road then becomes bordered by dense stands of second growth fir, spruce, cedar, and alder. After a mile or so a signed path offers a one mile detour to Pinnacle Rock Campground and High Point, where you get a view of Willapa Bay and the shoreline of Long Island. The main road follows the gently rolling terrain for another ~ 1 1/2 miles to the beginning of the Trail of the Ancient Cedars. A 3/4 mile loop trail winds through an impressive grove of cedars, some older than 900 years. For current information contact the refuge office at 360-484-3482.