Willapa Hills Trail is a 56 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Chehalis, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and mountain biking and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great wildlife viewing!! Our two dogs loved this walk. Peaceful, quiet setting. Very friendly people all along the trail. Bicyclists were respectful of walkers. Go for it!! You'll love it!
Walked this early in the a.m. Loved it so much and it's stroller friendly!
Ack! That was supposed to say Chehalis trailhead not s***!
It was a gorgeous day today in January I really enjoyed this trail. Once you get far enough away from the main trail head it actually becomes quite peaceful between the lack of people and the surrounding farms. That being said, there is a section that goes right along Highway six and that was not very pleasant. I walked 3 miles in from the shit hillis trailhead and then went back. Lots of birds to see and the forms were very green. Although it is a paved trail there is about a very walkable three foot wide shoulder that is gravel on the side of most of the trail if you prefer not to walk on the paved trail (personally unpaved is easier on my feet/joints.) I would recommend this hike.
I hiked the Willapa Hills Trail from South Bend to Pe Ell in August 2013 with a buddy. Overall this is an interesting trail - especially if you enjoy the history of this area. Without much elevation, there are not many spectacular views but there are good views of rolling farmland and several wooded areas. Our first leg (South Bend to Lebam) was about 20 miles. Our second leg (Lebam to Pe Ell) was about 15 miles. I had to end my hike at Pe Ell due to blisters on my feet. The ballast on the trail can really beat up your feet. From South Bend to Lebam there are several stops along the trail where you can purchase food or fill up water. From Lebam to Pe Ell there is really no place to stop where you can get water or buy snacks. I'll be back to finish the trail when they fix some of the broken trestles on the Pe Ell to Chehalis leg of the trail. Some parts of the trail are in danger of being reclaimed by nature and walking on the ballast may discourage many hikers. However, the trail is an interesting part of SW Washington history and worth a look.
Have taken people here for runs and workouts. Awesome scenery, a laid back crowd. Can get crowded and dirty but someone always comes along to clean it. Smooth ride.
My review is based on bicycle trips between Chehalis and Dryad (including having to take a several mile detour around the missing bridge near Spooner road,) not just the Chehalis to Adna portion of the trail which for the most part is problem-free. (For the record, the only problems I'm aware of within the Chehalis-to-Adna segment is occasionally overgrown blackberries covering the trail, and the unsafe crossing over Highway 6 at Littell.)
The description above about the trail only being "accessible from July until October" is nonsense--it's open year round. (Are you talking about the restrooms, which appear to always be locked, no matter what hour of the day or time of the year I try to use them?) Technically the trail is closed during hours of darkness, although that's not really enforceable. The unimproved trestles along the route (the easternmost one being just west of Adna) are considered moderately dangerous and are technically closed, although many cyclists walk their bikes over them anyway.
This is a very beautiful scenic trail.
It's level nearly the whole way, so there's no significant hills to climb. This biggest problem with this trail is that it is currently broken into various segments due to bridges having been washed out in the 2007 flood. In other places the old railway trestles are unimproved and could be considered moderately dangerous to cross. Some sections of the trail are currently covered in ballast gravel that is difficult to bicycle on. Improving the whole trail is a work in progress. The end of the trail near Chehalis is nicely paved and features various improvements including ample parking, rest areas, good signage, decking and safety rails on the trestles, and a bicycle-friendly railway crossing where it meets the tracks still in use by the steam train.
I give this trail three stars rather than five due to the improvements still required, and due to the most scenic portions of the trail being hard to reach, due to the conditions of the various missing or unimproved bridges, and the undesirability of taking long detours around them.
This review not valid after 2014, as the worst of these problems are scheduled to be fixed by them!
This is a neat trail with some really pretty restored bridges. We headed out there hoping to bike 10 miles at least one way but had to stop at 6 as one bridge is missing altogether & there's no getting across the canyon. The trail does pick up right on the other side and we'll try that in a separate trip.