Photos taken 25 Nov 2015.
Just a short 5 mile drive from my place in Westport.
Aside from a pit stop (15 min), you do have to have the Discover Pass http://parks.state.wa.us/167/Discover-Pass-Fees to park here. There is a wide, circle parking lot that includes a small building with a toilet, no frills.
The new Washington State Park site for Bottle Beach is here http://parks.state.wa.us/479/Bottle-Beach Make sure to read the “History” section for some cool info about the area.
WHAT TO WEAR AND TAKE
Very comfortable shoes or boots, waterproof to explore tide flats.
Jacket, scarf, hat and gloves Nov-Feb
Dogs (on leashes) Nov-Feb only
Trash bag, if you are so inclined
1.24 (ish) miles, from the parking lot and back, slightly less if you stay on the main trail and don’t walk the beach.
Easy, flat on boardwalk, paved and grassed-over gravel trail.
Firm, damp-wet on beach and tide flats.
A sturdy boardwalk and paved trail (1298 ft) leads across wetlands and a seasonal creek, to a wooden bird blind with benches. Approach very quietly to catch the sights and sounds of birds in the trees, shrubs and tide flats, which are in front of, and just beyond the structure.
From here, you can follow the main trail or walk around the blind and turn right to walk the beach and explore the tide flats on your way up the beach to the next bird blind (2004 ft). The beach has various clam and oyster shells, sea weed and cool small and large pieces of driftwood, along with the usual flotsam and jetsam.
From the beach, which is the southern shore of Grays Harbor and at the entry to South Bay, you can see off in the distance; the northeastern end of Westport to your left, straight across is Ocean Shores, North Bay and the entry to Grays Harbor. To the right is Grays Harbor City, Hoquiam and Aberdeen.
The very short trail from beach to the second bird blind is sometimes blocked by driftwood. You may have to blaze your own, but it’s only a few feet to the blind. Again, approach this blind very quietly and slowly to see a variety of birds in the grass, trees and shrubs around it.
From this blind, take the grassy graveled trail to the right, to end up back at the paved path and the first bird blind (1820 ft). There are several benches along the way.
To the right of the trail is about 50-100′ of greenbelt of trees and understory plants between you and the beach. There are a few small trails that go through to the beach along the way, but be careful of the old barbwire strung along that side of trail.
The main trail is wide and smooth enough for a wheel chair. To the left is Redman Slough with grassy wetlands, a small meandering creek, trees and wild rose and berry bushes.
You can also see and hear Hwy 105 in the distance (boo). These wetlands are filled with birds. There is a short trail (74 ft) that takes you a bit further into the wetlands and to another bird blind.
I’ve seen raptures and waterfowl from here. Walk the entire trail slowly and quietly and you will see many birds. I’ve had them just a few feet in front of me, so intent on turning the leaves in search of food, that they didn’t even notice me until I was right on top of them.
The photos above and the ones in the slideshow (there are about 50 photos, so remember which one you started on) below were all taken 24 Nov 2015, later I will add photo slides from past trips to Bottle Beach. I hope you enjoy my tour and that you get the opportunity to visit here yourself.
Grays Harbor Audubon Society is hosting field trip to Bottle Beach and Westport on Tuesday, January 26th. For more info
Phall Photos 2015