Gibbons Creek Trail Grand Opening

Date: June 12, 2009
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation Gain: flat
Time: 2:45 (with lots of stopping)
Difficulty: Easy
Weather: 65 overcast

I couldn't find any official maps of the trail, probably because it's so new. This is a photo of the sign at the trail head.

My Route: I attended the grand opening and participated in a guided tour of the trail, including 5 informative stations maned by volunteers giving talks about various topics such as fish, purple martins and bats.
This was the grand opening celebration for the new Gibbons Creek Art Trail. After several speakers, two local kids cut the willow whip "ribbon" and the trail officially opened. Volunteers from the Refuge Stewards and other organizations had information stations along the trail, giving short talks about the native wildlife. Additionally, volunteers led guided walks and answered questions and helped identify native plants and birds and talked about the habitat restoration process. From my view, the day went smoothly and was well coordinated and fun.

Steigerwald Lake

The wildlife refuge is a great place for a leisurely walk, especial for those interested in bird watching. Don't forget binoculars and a good field guide! I was on a guided walk with several older folks who were fun companions for the walk, they knew a lot about birds and asked great questions at the presentations. We saw an unbelievable number of different birds. I ran out or room on my mental list, this is what I remember: swans, great blue herons, bitterns, purple martins, red-tale hawks.

The trail is wide and flat and easy to walk on, covering 2.25 miles of wetlands. They're calling this an "art trail", it's a variation on an interpretive trail, where instead of plain informational signage, there will be art installations along the trail providing relevant information to walkers. These art installations will be put in throughout the summer. No dogs, bikes, running or jogging are allowed on this trail out of respect for the wildlife who live here. Portions of the trail (in red on the map above) are closed October-April.

Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map Restrooms at the trail head.
What I said about these trails before: Gibbons Creek Art Trail
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Columbia River Gorge Stewards

Overall: ★★

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