Lake Swano Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aberdeen, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Model Watershed Project is the physical site - a seminatural area of the Grays Harbor College campus surrounding Lake Swano - that serves as an outdoor extension of the instructional facilities of the college and an educational and recreational resource for the community. It is simultaneously an instrument for teaching the principles of ecology and natural resource management and a model of watershed restoration and stewardship. It is a portion of an actual watershed, where numerous examples of natural watershed functions, detrimental human impacts, and restoration practices occur. The goal of the Grays Harbor College Model Watershed Project is to develop a safe and accessible outdoor extension of the instructional facilities of the college and the 14 school districts it services, while restoring and preserving natural watershed functions and values to the site.
Ok trail around a lake next to a college
Close to Aberdeen. Lots of parking. Great for families with younger kids.
My wife (who is 7 months pregnant) and I hiked this today on our way back from Ocean Shores to Battle Ground. We had hiked around part of this trail a few years ago and wanted to take advantage of the sunny early spring day. We were not disappointed. First let me say this trail claims to be wheelchair friendly, however you better be some sort of a wheelchair ninja with a Hummer style wheelchair, or have a pretty strong friend to get you around.
Overall this is a gem! The interpretive section of the trail on the North end the lake is amazing. The trail to the West of the creek is narrow and does not quite make it all the way around to the far bridge, but it's worth the trip on that side. As for the East loop around the lake it's quite boring compared to the rest of the trail and is where you do most of your climbing. Once you get going back down and cross the South bridge at the head of the lake you are back to the cool part of the trail. The trail was quite muddy in spots, but overall still "easy" (again not so if you are in a wheelchair I assume). If you were wondering about this, it is well worth the 5 min drive off of hwy 12/101 . 2 thumbs up!