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Cutthroat Climb trail photo by Matt Lloyd USFW

Members Only - Long Island Expedition

  • August 13, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Cutthroat Creek - 3888 Highway 101 Ilwaco, WA


Join the Friends of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 13, for a members-only, guided hike on Long Island.   

  • The hike to the Cedar Grove is approximately 2 miles roundtrip, on an unpaved trail rated at moderate difficulty in some areas. Participants must be able to walk on uneven terrain over a long distance.
  • Participants must bring and wear a Personal flotation device (PFD) on the barge. If you don't have a PFD, the Refuge will have some available

  • Wear all-weather clothing and appropriate footwear.

  • Bring water, snacks, binoculars, camera, and insect repellant.

Registered Friends members will meet at 1:00 pm at the Refuge's Cutthroat Creek unit (3888 Highway 101 Ilwaco, WA) located north of mile marker 24 on Highway 101 between Seaview and Naselle. Participants will return to Cutthroat Creek by 5:30 pm.

This island, only accessible by boat, is a part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and is home to the Don Bonker Cedar Grove Trail. This trail winds through an old-growth coastal temperate rainforest with many large western red cedar trees that are nearly 1000 years old.  Past attendees have raved about this barge trip. One said, “I loved the opportunity to be on the island to just explore. The plants, the rocks, the vistas, the quiet. Loved it all.”

Registration is required for this free event and available only for current Friends members at: Want to become a Friend?  

If weather or other conditions require us to cancel this event, we will notify you as soon as possible. We will also follow the current COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations.

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