MLK Day Stroll x 2 {Nisqually NWR & Priest Point Park}

Estimated time-frame for this event: 10AM-4:30PM

ETA at NWR: 10:30AM

ETA at PPP: 1:00PM

ETA return time at the P&R: 4:30PM

+estimated time-frame at each location:

{10:30-12:30 @ NWR}

{1:00-3:00 @ PPP}

 

HIGHLIGHTS of the day:

We'll spend some time enjoying the scenery and tranquility at the Nisqually NWR, then head to Priest Point Park in Olympia for some walking in lush forest and to/along the waterway (Ellis Cove).

*NWR is FREE on Monday due to being MLK Jr Day!

Priest Point Park is a 341 acre regional nature park located in Olympia. The park is located on Budd Inlet of Puget Sound and features lush forests, saltwater shorline and views of the State Capitol and downtown Olympia. You can explore the park via the Ellis Cove Trail. This path is a network of trails that gives you access to the entire park including beach access.

(below: Priest Point Park-Olympia)

Go here to see a map of Priest Point Park:

{http://olympiawa.gov/community/parks/parks-and-trails/~/media/Files/Parks/ParksAndTrails/Priest%20Point%20Park%20Map.ashx}

 

Please bring:

Water, lunch/energy snacks, clothing according for the forecast, day-hike essentials & daypack, sturdy/comfortable footwear (bag for muddy/wet shoes), binoculars & camera. (There will be many opportunities for taking pictures of wildlife). Trekking poles may be helpful at Priest Point Park.


Nisqually is an excellent year-round destination for wildlife viewing and photography. Before you start your hiking, you'll want to be sure and have binoculars. Bring your own, or check out them out from the visitor center. This will allow you to enjoy the many species of dabbling and diving ducks that stop to feed in the wetlands or the several species of raptors, such as owls, harriers and kestrels, that survey the fields for prey.

Please note: Part of the boardwalk portion at the refuge will be closed due to seasonal hunting!

(above: Nisqually NWR)


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  • Mike T.

    GREAT photos, Christopher! Thanks for posting! :-)

    January 21, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Beautiful, calm day on the delta..

    January 21, 2013

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