Willapa Hills Trail

Willapa Hills Trail Print The Spooner and Dryad bridges have been replaced and are now open!. Bridge 5 trestle (past Adna) is also now open! Good biking from Chehalis to Pe Ell (See google map link below for details beyond Pe Ell).

See a Google Map of the entire 56 miles
See a Printable map of current trail conditions
Directions to Chehalis trailhead:

From I-5 take exit 77.

Left at light on Riverside Dr. Slight left on SE Newaukum Ave . Left on SW Sylvenus St.  Right on SW Hillberger Rd. to the large newly paved parking area at the Chehalis trailhead.
Parking lot at Hillberger trailhead
The trail is a beautiful break from city life that starts just minutes from downtown Chehalis. On the way to Adna it crosses two century old trestles that cross the Newaukum and Chehalis Rivers. As it crosses Tune Rd, Shorey Rd and Hwy 603 it  provides beautiful country scenes and a glimpse of Mt. Rainier away from the busy highways nearby. It parallels Hwy 6 for a short section before it crosses the highway  at Stearns Road.  The trail  then goes  past a private manmade lake that was used for barefoot waterskiing competitiions, then behind Adna High School to the Adna trailhead.  The trail continues past the parking area for another 3/4 mile across Bunker Creek Road, past a sheep farm and ends at a 800′ trestle for now.  This trestle (trestle #5) is scheduled to be redecked and side rails added by March of 2016.
A major hitch in the completion and official opening of this trail has been the Littell crossing at Hwy 6. There is poor sight distance where the trail crosses this major Highway. For the time being the paving will end a short distance in both directions of the trail and change to gravel to ensure slowing down at the crossing. The State Parks Dept. will be asking the state at the next legislative session to provide assistance in designing and constructing a safe crossing.
Lewis County Community Trails, has been active in partnering with the Washington State Parks Department in helping to secure grants and has acted as a liaison between State and Congressman’s Baird’s office in helping to secure funding. LCCT has also given advice on the needs of the local area and useful improvements including signage along the trail. LCCT will aid the State with trail maintenance on the Chehalis to Adna portion once it is completed.

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