Woodpecker Trail

Length: 1.12 miles  |  Elevation Gain: 116.1 feet  |  

West-refuge trails include the long McFadden's Marsh trail, a prairie overlook boardwalk, and reservable blinds for observing and photographing birds and wildlife.

Trailhead is located just off Finley Refuge Road. A porta-potty is located near the trailhead. An interpretive brochure is available at the trailhead kiosk. The trail begins in an oak woodland habitat. Take the right hand fork and climb slightly to an overlook with exceptional views of the valley and the Cascade Range. Native oak savannah habitat is visible on Bald Top, just to the west. Follow the trail through open fields to a seasonal pond where rough-skinned newts and other amphibians are commonly seen. The trail continues into a Douglas fir dominated forest. As the trail drops down, mature maple trees and evidence of past logging practices are visible. Interpretive signs throughout the trail provide information about different animal and plant species. This is an excellent trail for bird watching.

Trail description by: William L. Finley NWR

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