Steigerwald Lake (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Oct 1, 2018: The northeast section of the loop is closed for winter habitat October 1 - April 30 each year. During those months you can do an out-and-back walk instead of a loop.
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.
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
- Type: Out to a loop and back
- Distance: 2.8 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: feet
- Difficulty: Easy
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
Gorge Trailhead Passes Guide
Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities
These trails and recreation areas in and around the Gorge are open for exploring.