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Naturalist Led Hikes

The following listings are for Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuges.  Limited space is available.  Sign up by calling (360) 887-4106 or emailing

Other groups that may be offering guided hikes are; Backyard Birdshop, Vancouver Audubon, Portland Audubon, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Hikes at Ridgefield NWR

    The following hikes are led by Ron Escano, a long time volunteer and retired US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.  All hikes meet at 8 am and last for about 3 hours.  There is no fee for the hikes but the $3 entrance fee does apply.  Please make sure you give yourself enough time to pay your fee or register an applicable pass before the hike starts.   

    Kiwa Trail: 

     - Sunday September 25th

    Click here to learn more about the Kiwa Trail

    Oaks to Wetland Trail: 

     - Sunday September 11th

     - Saturday October 15th

    Click here to learn more about the Oaks to Wetlands Trail

    For more information or to sign up, contact Park Ranger Josie Finley, or call the office at 360-887-4106.  

  • Hikes at Steigerwald Lake NWR

    Bat Hike at Night

     - September 10th, 6:45 to 8:45 

    Volunteer and bat enthusiast Dave will teach visitors about different types of bats found in our area and then lead the group through the Refuge pointing out where they like to roost. Once the sun sets and the bats come out, the sonar detector is turned on for a truly unique experience into the lives of bats. The walks are limited to 15 people so sign up early!

    For more information or to sign up contact Volunteer Coordinator Jared at or 360-835-8767.  

    Bird Hikes with Ron Escano 

     - Saturday September 17th

     - Sunday October 2nd

     - Saturday October 22nd 

    For more information or to sign up contact Park Ranger Josie Finley at or the office at 360-887-4106.


    Click here to learn more about the Steigerwald Lake Refuge and trail.  There is no entrance fee at this site.  

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016
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