|Willapa Hills Trail|
Length: 56 Miles Chehalis,WA to South Bend, WA
Surface: Paved 5.2 miles from Chehalis to Adna
Compact gravel 11 miles from Adna to Dryad
Ballast 34 miles Dryad to Raymond
Paved 6 miles Raymond to South Bend
Trestle troubles: Trestle ½ mile past Adna needs decking and is closed for safety reasons.
Trestles at Spooner Rd. and Dryad were washed out by the 2007 flood.
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.
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 the end of 2015.
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.
Access to Willapa Hills Trail Sections
Mile Road Crossings Surface Access
0 Hillberger Road, Chehalis, WA Hillberger Rd.
2.0 Hwy 602
4.6 Bunker Creek Rd, Adna, WA
5.2 Trestle # 5 - unplanked 5.2 miles paved Bunker Cr. Rd.
5.2 Trestle # 5 - unplanked
6.5 Spooner Trestle - out 1.3 miles gravel Clinton Rd.
6.5 Spooner Trestle - out
9.6 Ceres Hill Road crossing 3.1 miles gravel Ceres Hill Rd.
9.6 Ceres Hill Road crossing Ceres Hill Rd.
12.5 Meskill Road
15.0 Rainbow Falls State Park
16.0 Dryad,WA-trestle out 6.4 miles gravel Dryad, WA
16.0 Dryad-trestle out
22.0 Pe Ell, WA 6 miles ballast?? Pe Ell
22.0 Pe Ell, WA 28 miles ballast?? Raymond
50+ South Bend,WA 6 miles paved South Bend or Raymond