Trails

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Feel as though you have escaped the city as you stretch your legs through forest of ash, fir, cedar and oak.  Open your lungs and mind as you stroll along wetland trails and watch wildlife soar the open water, fields, and sky.  The following trails are very different in terrain, habitat, and location on the refuge.  See these trail profiles for maps, directions, and seasonal closures before you visit.

  • Oaks to Wetlands Trail

    Open year-round

      The Oaks to Wetlands trail is located on the Carty Unit of the Refuge. The trail starts out as a graveled and then paved walk past the Plankhouse and along a small lake.  Then the trail crosses uneven terrain as it transects oak woodlands.

      The northern loop section of the trail will continue to be worked on, with the help of Washington Trails Association  to create a more permanent trail that addresses erosion and habitat needs while enhancing the visitor experience. We hope you enjoy watching the habitat and trail grow up as you continue to visit through the seasons. 

    • Kiwa Trail

      Seasonal May-Sept

      The Kiwa Trail on the River 'S' Unit can be reached by following the Auto Tour Route past the observation blind. The Kiwa Trial is open from May 1 to September 30 during daylight hours. The trail offers a generally level grade and is constructed of compacted gravel and boardwalks. The trail is well suited for wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and baby strollers.

    • Carty Lake Trail

      Seasonal May-Sept

      This new trail system offers Port visitors a free path to the Lake River overlook. Beyond that a seasonal Carty Lake trail takes visitors to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, the Oaks to Wetlands Trail System, and the Refuge Office, with a daily entrance fee of $3/per four adults (youth under 16 always free). 

      Additionally, the Refuge welcomes the community to walk the Carty Lake Trail starting from the Main Avenue entrance as a 2.2 mile total out-and-back experience when open, May 1 - Sept 30.

      Walkers can also connect back into town through a city trail connection via Main Avenue to create a 5 mile loop through the Refuge, City and Port, with wildlife and habitat views as well as that small community feel that Ridgefield prides itself with.