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Explore the best rated trails in Ocean Shores, WA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Westport Dunes Trail and East Aberdeen Waterfront Walkway. With more than 7 trails covering 74 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
I have ridden this trail three times now start to finish and it is hands down my favorite around. People complain because it's not paved the whole way but that is my favorite part. It's not all cookie cutter and neat, it is an adventure! 56 miles of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen. I am going to ride it start to finish for the fourth time next weekend. Can't wait! If God rode, this would be His trail. 5 stars!
Rode from South Bend to past Raymond yesterday. There are lots of tree roots making it dangerous. Once you get past Raymond it is fairly smooth and asphalt for about a mile then it turns to gravel, which was much smoother riding. Trouble is after a couple of miles the trail is no longer navigable. All broke up with chunks in it. I wouldn’t hike it at that point. Why aren’t our tax dollars being used to keep it usable? Grays Harbor County and Lewis County deserve a better trail.
We started in South Bend and went as far as we could to Heckard Road. The trail comes to an end there. Past that point it is impassable on a bike. From South Bend to Raymond is very lumpy, close to dangerous. We crossed the highway in Raymond and the trail was pretty good even though it turned to gravel after a mile or so. The gravel was smooth. We wouldn’t do this trail again. We plan to try other sections.
This trail is the most poorly maintained in the State!
The vegetation along the trail is severely overgrown. In places from Adna to Rainbow Falls the center of the trail is overgrown by weeds and grasses. In others the blackberry bushes have formed a gauntlet so that the path is just wide enough for a single bicycle to ride past without risking a puncture.
The bridge abutments all along the path have steep gaps. A cyclist going at any speed risks going head over and at the very least a bent rim.
There is a fallen tree, that has obviously been there a while, over the path at chest level of most riders. Any cyclist going at speed risks being close-lined.
Most of the trail is deep, loose gravel. It is difficult to get traction or maintain balance while riding there.
The barriers to automobile traffic are placed at irregular widths so that there is very little room to get by. I ride a recumbent trike and without exception my mirrors were out further than the pylons. It is my understanding that all public areas have to have openings at least as wide as a standard wheelchair. It is not the case here.
I brought this information to Washington Parks Department attention and ended up in a voicemail maze.
It is a shame that the only place that should be safe for cyclists in Lewis County is in such poor repair.
Second time riding this trail. Don’t know how we did it 2 years ago without e-bikes! Started at north end and rode south. Lots of hills and curves - use caution as you can’t see far ahead. Wanted to go to Ilwaco, but was not able to determine where the cut-off is to go there. Assumed trail was paved all the way there, but only found a narrow gravel trail from a parking lot - map at that location did NOT have a “you are here” tag, so we didn’t know where we were.
What a wonderful ride. Started up a steep hill from Ilwaco but beautiful forest and paved path! Crossing 101 was a steep downhill on a dirt path, but easy to navigate. Next Parking area pathetic returned to paved, fairly flat and headed to the ocean. Beautiful easy ride from here. Lots of restrooms. Path in great condition! Coming back we went to Discovery park and saw the lighthouse. From her ewe to the main road down to the campground and then back to the town of Ilwaco.
First time on this trail. Rode from South Bend to the north edge of Raymond, then east a couple miles going toward Chehalis. Lots of bumps from tree roots on the paved section. Going east toward Chehalis, the trail is being overrun by plants growing wild. Lots of wild blackberries and those vines are prickly.
There are two active groups working hard on the completion of the Willapa Hills Trail led by the Lewis County Community Trails on the east end and the Pacific County Community Trails on the west. A pedestrian over pass is currently in construction on the Lewis County or east side. On west end, a portion of paved trail was repaired and repaved in the summer of 2021. We also conducted a legislative tour securing the funds to complete the resurfacing and all of the remaining trestles on the WH Trail. Resurfacing from Raymond to Menlo is currently being done. WA State Parks and especially Michael Hankinson, have gone above and beyond to see that this trail will be completed . Shane Chair PCCT
We hiked the trail last weekend going east from Pe Ell to Frances. This is really a beautiful portion of the Willapa Hills Trail. However, there are two dangerous trestles between the towns of Pluvious and Frances that should be avoided. They are 2.3 and 2.6 miles east of Frances. Be aware that the trestle at the west end is marked as closed but there are no closed signs when you approach the trestles from the east. With a 50' drop, one of the trestles has very narrow ties with a wide gap between them. Two of the ties are loose with one of them about to give way. Be careful. We will continue our hike from Frances with a stop in Menlo next. Even with some hazards, the Willapa Hills Trail is a remarkable trail.
There are several very hazardous places on this trail and several places you can't hike because of 'greenery' blocking the trail. Near the Gun Clubb Rd ( that's how it's spelled) you are blocked from the trail and have to go down the bank to the road. Logging trucks are whizzing by as you share the road with them. Shoulder is about 1 foot wide and at one point you cross a short bridge where you could reach out and touch the constant traffic. Definitely very dangerous. A short time later you go back up the bank to access the trail. There are 2 trestles on the trail and one has rotten boards that move when you step on them. No hand rail to help you. Near Robertson road, the trail is totally blocked off with what appears to be trees and bushes grown over the trail. You leave the trail, walk Robertson road for a short bit and then back to the trail. It seems to me that, with the exception of the trestles, the trail could be cleared to avoid road hazards. It could use some mowing of high grass but that is not a hazard but a matter of convenience.
Enjoyed this ride as a family. Such a fun variety of terrain...grassy sand dunes to forest. Multiple beach access points. The climb to the light house is quite steep, but very worthwhile.
Due to the generous width of this multi-use trail it’s suitable for fitness walking with its smooth consistent asphalt surface.
Be alert to bicycles approaching from behind - as in most locales bicyclists typically don’t provide an audible warning before passing. Thanks to those of you who do.
While signs at major trail access points state that motorized vehicles are prohibited I regularly encounter motorized bicycles on the trail, an unpleasant trend.
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