To get to the Refuge take I-5 South to exit 294. Get onto 99W/Barbur Boulevard and drive about 6.5 miles. Take a right into the Refuge.
There is a nice parking area with bathrooms and an area with brochures and a trail map. Make sure to stop and take a look at the visitor center as well.
This is a great hike (more of a walk really) for our fellow birders! There is even a bird blind that you can make an appointment to use. Only part of the trails are open from Oct. 1- Apr 30 to protect wintering wildlife.
Start behind the bathrooms and wind down into a small marshy area that follows along many study sites with benches along the way. You will also pass a viewing platform that overlooks the Tualatin River. Keep going and enter the wooded area with a few more study sites and the option to go left to the ridge or right to the Wetland Observation Deck. Definitely check out the observation deck, it has very expansive views of the wetland area giving you lots of opportunity to check out different birds. You can see the giant bald eagle nest off in the distance. We were lucky and they flew to some trees closer to the trail which was great. The ridge isn’t that great there are a lot of trees obscuring and sort of a view. Head back out the way you came and make sure to go behind the visitor center before you leave. It has a great view of the marsh below and we were able to see hundreds of birds, including a large amount of pintails.
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation: 60 feet
Pet Friendly: No- dogs are not allowed in the wildlife refuge.
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: No
Overall: This is a great place if you’re looking for an easy hike and want to see some wildlife.