The Willapa Hills Trail runs 27 miles along an old railroad bed from Chehalis to Pe Ell. Bordered by pleasant woodlands, pastures, and working farmland, it’s a nice place to ride year-round. But the Willapa Hills Trail is especially appealing in the winter because the footing is never slick or muddy.
You’ll find good trailer parking at four trailheads along the route, in Chehalis, Adna, Rainbow Falls State Park, and Pe Ell.
From Chehalis to Adna, the trail is paved, with a gravel path beside it specifically for horses. The trail is gravel from Adna to Pe Ell.
A few years ago, a severe winter storm washed out most of the bridges on the Willapa Hills Trail, but all have now been rebuilt.
You’ll share the trail with hikers and bike riders, but don’t worry – you can see them coming a long way off.
Find out more about the Willapa Hills Trail in Riding Southwest Washington Horse Trails by Kim McCarrel, available at www.NWHorseTrails.com.