Lake Swano Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Lake Swano Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aberdeen, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles
111 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly







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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.

1 month ago

Great family walk. We all had a good time. 2 adults, 15 year old, and 8 year old boys.

1 month ago

good family walk do it about 3 times a week with are little one

2 months ago

nice little trail

3 months ago

Great little trail for families!

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7 months ago

Fun trail for the family. Recommended for an easy hike with the family or even solo.

The college has done a good job of maintaining the trail over the years. Signage would be good for folks unfamiliar with the trails.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good walk to take the dog on. Although it would be nice to see some signage so you don't go the wrong way and end up at Makarenko park in Cosmopolis.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We got lost! There are several trails that look just as walked on as others. We made it all the way to Makarenko park and than turned around! There are no signs or trail markers where the other trails branch off, that would of been nice! Otherwise, it was a nice walk, some muddy parts and we bumped into someone on a motorbike and another guy with a rather large unleashed dog. There are some neat educational signs along the way of the actual Lake Swano trail, some talk about animals, others talk about the history of the area. Fun, although longer than expected, afternoon with the kids.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Short but fun little trail.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Great quick and easy hike. :)

Friday, August 05, 2016

Ok trail around a lake next to a college

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Close to Aberdeen. Lots of parking. Great for families with younger kids.

Friday, March 27, 2015

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!

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