The Refuge offers two easy rated out and back trails - Sparrow Pond Trail and Odell Creek Trail. Both trails offer their own unique experience ranging from wildlife watching to scenic landscape views.
Be Bear Aware
Grizzly bears are present on all areas of the Refuge to include, but not limited to: forest, willows, sagebrush sagebrush The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.
Learn more about sagebrush -steppe, grasslands, wetlands, lakeshores, and creeks. The carrying of bear spray on your person where it is readily accessible is strongly recommended.
Odell Creek Trail
On the easy rated 1.42-mile Odell Creek Trail, hikers walk through open forested habitat of aspen giving way to old growth Douglas fir. Access to the Continental Divide Trail is achievable given that this trail does continue beyond Refuge boundaries. Hikers may see moose, elk, deer, black or grizzly bear if continuing the trail beyond the Refuge. Give wildlife plenty of space. Hikers should ensure dogs are under their immediate control or leashed in the event moose or bear are encountered. Moose with calves are particularly dangerous and very aggressive, as are bears.
Hikers exploring the Refuge along the easy rated 1-mile Sparrow Pond Trail will traverse through occasional tall willows and open tall grassy areas and may see moose, waterfowl, and sandhill cranes en route to the wetlands that make up sparrow pond(s). This trail is largely in an open area with full exposure to the sun. Hikers should ensure dogs are under their immediate control or leashed in the event moose are encountered in the willows. Moose with calves are particularly dangerous and very aggressive.
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