Willapa Hills Trail Print

 

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.
Parking lot at Hillberger trailhead
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 until the trestle is redecked and side rails added in the future.

 
The trestles at Spooner Rd. and Dryad, taken out during the 2007 catastrophic flood, are scheduled to be replaced with FEMA funds in the next few years. These two trestles are scheduled to be replaced by the end of 2014.

 
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