Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Gibbons Creek

Western Gorge, Washington

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Gibbons Creek
Steigerwald Lake (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Trail Features

  • Beautiful ViewsBeautiful Views
  • Ice Age FloodsIce Age Floods
  • Bird ViewingBird Viewing

Trail Description Driving Directions

alert Trail Alert, Oct. 1, 2016: 10/1/16: Seasonal trail closure - the northern (eastern) portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail is closed October 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017. The trail will reopen on May 1, 2017.

A lovely trail at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge - great for birding and wildlife viewing. This trail is a flat graveled path that leads you through riparian areas rich in wildlife viewing opportunities. Hikers may see great blue herons, geese, ducks, grebes, pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls and more.
 
Please Note: No dogs are allowed at the wildlife refuge.
 
History
Like the Sandy River Delta across the river, Steigerwald was once a dairy farm and was zoned industrial land prior to passage of the National Scenic Area Act. Proposals such as nuclear power plants had threatened the area, but eventually local birding enthusiasts Wilson and Susan Cady and others convinced Senator Mark Hatfield to push for designation of Steigerwald as a national wildlife refuge and the Trust for Public Lands purchased an option on the property until the federal government could purchase it. Today, Steigerwald and the Sandy River Delta are the Gorge's western gateways, serving as development buffers that support thousands of acres of wildlife habitat.  + Read More

Trail Details

  • Type: Out and back
  • Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly: Yes
  • Restrooms Restrooms: Yes
  • Trailhead Pass Trailhead Pass: No

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Driving Directions

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge:  From Oregon, travel north on either I-5 or I-205. Then head east on WA Hwy 14. Travel through Washougal. Just past the National Scenic Area welcome sign (MP 18), look for the Steigerwald parking entrance on the right/south side of highway. No Discover Pass is required here. + Read More

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