Went out there to get off the pavement and get a trail run in. Sign right when I got out of the car read, "no running on trails." Bummer! Guess they don't want fast moving people to spook the wildlife. This is not a place for trail running!
Not bad trail. It's much more of a spectator's hike. I'm a hobby photographer so I enjoyed walking it slowly looking for some neat photo opportunities. There are a lot of birds including bald eagles, some nutria and other small animals like rabbits. It's enjoyable if you're not looking for any challenge at all.
Unless you're a bird watcher, this trail is kind of boring. It is flat and exposed, meandering through marshland. We went on a hot summer day, and I don't think that was the best time to go, as the water level was very low, the birds weren't very active, and it was quite hot with no shade. I did go one other time when the Canada Geese were landing one beautiful fall evening at sunset, but on that occasion I did not walk the trails, only observed the geese landing on the marsh water.
Walked from Cook Park (on the north side of the river) west to the end of the trail at 108th ave. Not much to see. Can't even see the river most of the time. And then back east to Durham Park off Boones Ferry. Very crowded in the Summer. Not sure why this trail doesn't show up on the map.
The 3 mile loop is closed from October 1 through April 30th to protect the wildlife that visit the refuge. A 1.8 mile, mostly flat, trail is open year round. Both trails will take you to multiple view points with benches. Much of the seasonal longer trail is in the open so bring plenty of sun block and water.
The eagles have returned to their nest so bring binoculars and your camera. They will also have a spotting scope on the nest in the visitors center. Primary a birdwatching area, but we've also spotted deer, frogs, and snakes along the trail.