Trails

Feel as though you have escaped the city as you explore forests of Ash, Douglass fir, red cedar and Oregon white oak trees. Open your lungs and mind as you travel along wetland trails and watch wildlife soar the open water, fields, and sky. The trails are very different in terrain, habitat, and location on the refuge. See trail profiles for maps, directions, and seasonal closures to help plan your visit. 

Observation Blind Trail

The observation blind gives you an opportunity to see and photograph birds that may not stick around if they saw you. The trail to the blind is flat graveled with a slightly sloping ramp to the blind. This blind is open to anyone and does not have to be reserved. This is a great stop half way around the auto tour allowing you to stretch your legs, use the restroom and walk amongst the trees. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.08
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Carty Lake Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.15
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Headquarters Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.17
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Kiwa Trail

Seasonal May-SeptThe 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.
Trail Length (mi)
1.43
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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Oaks to Wetland Trail

Open year-roundThe 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 Cathlapotle Plankhouse and along a small lake.  Then the trail crosses uneven terrain as it enters newly restored open oak woodlands.The northern loop section will continue to be worked on 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. Note: The map on this site shows pieces of trail that are under restoration. Currently the north end of the trail is one loop with no side trails. Please stay on the maintained and signed trail during during your visit. 
Trail Length (mi)
1.39
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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