June 14 - New Trail Opening - Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge

The new art trail at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge is set to open this Sunday, June 14.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards will host the opening of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail on Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The trail will open with a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 14, 2009. Visitors are encouraged to arrive prior to 12:45 p.m. Guided tours will begin at 2 p.m.

Parking for the event will be at Pendleton Woolen Mills (2 Pendleton Way, Washougal, WA) off S.R. 14 and 15th Street in Washougal. Look for signs on S.R. 14 directing you to the parking lot. A shuttle bus will run between the parking lot and the trailhead beginning at 11:30 a.m. The last shuttle will return from the trailhead at 5:00 p.m. Special arrangements for parking on-site for persons with disabilities or other mobility concerns by contacting the Refuge Manager.
I'm looking forward to checking out this trail. I've been to Steigerwald a few times as a volunteer and have seen an abundance of birds and been amazed at the peacefulness of the site. I'm curious to see how opening this trail to the public will impact that feeling of silence I've experienced there. Also, I'm curious to find out what an "art trail" is.

1 comment:

  1. See my write up of the grand opening as well as a trail map. Here