View of Calispel Peak Photo credit: USFWS
McDowell Marsh Environmental Education Trail
The McDowell Marsh Environmental Education Trail starts at River Camp goes around McDowell Marsh then to McDowell Lake and back. Part of the trail is a boardwalk over wetland habitat. The trail is just over one mile long. The first half of the trail (from River Camp to the Lake) is wheelchair accessible. Difficulty level- easy. Friends of LPO have provided most of the volunteer labor. Target wildlife- bald eagle, osprey, warblers, red-necked grebe, barn swallow, Canada goose, muskrat and moose.
Mill Butte Trail
The Mill Butte Trail is a loop that starts and ends at Refuge Headquarters. This trail is 3.45 miles long and traverses dry forest habitat. The Washington Trails Association (WTA) has hosted week long work parties the last three summers that completed the trail to the summit of Mill Butte and back. Friends of LPO also contributed volunteer labor. The summit is at 2619 feet; difficulty level – moderate. The view from the top spans almost 360 degrees and is worth the hike. The map shows the completed trail.