hiking
3 days ago

A wonderful walk through a beautiful area. My wife and I have walked this trail many times, and often have it all to ourselves. Bald eagles, pelicans, herons, ducks, geese, and quail abound - you’ll be glad of binoculars and a camera! This trail connects to others such that you can cover considerable ground if so inclined.

Nice walk. Lots of birds out and a big gopher snake in the middle of the trail.

Nice rainy day spring hike/walk. Trail was good. Not much wildlife activity but we were mid-afternoon so maybe nap time.

My wife and I walked this trail on 3/22/2020 as an escape from COVID-19 "confinement". It was a good walk... BUT be aware that all the inner trails of the Wildlife Refuge are closed until 3/31 to protect sensitive species throughout the winder. As a result, the walk is .66 miles out and back to the lookout "hut". Only met one another group of 3 people (hard to keep "social distances" as we crossed on the 6th wide boardwalk :-) )

It was a lot of fun with my kids! They loved to see all the animals like the birds, ducks, turtles, and nutrias. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to see wildlife and likes going on little hikes.

hiking
2 months ago

Muddy in places but still a pleasant walk. I liked the changes in the surroundings. Wild flowers just starting to appear. Signage is very clearly laid out.

hiking
flooded
4 months ago

Was only able to go about half a mile because the trail was flooded. Looks like a nice walk though. Will definitely try again in the summer.

hiking
4 months ago

Mill Hill Loop Trail. Located outside of Philomath, it’s a wildlife Refuge, a little over 3 miles. The terrain was wet, muddy, and other area fairly decent. It was definitely hiking shoes, type of hike. I’ve been fighting a cold so we opted for gradual terrain with not too much of an altitude. Still, it was absolutely beautiful, lots of singing birds, big fat squirrels, lush forest areas. We only saw one other couple at the end of our hike. Bonus, they have a little store, and very clean bathrooms, with a great parking area. Extra bonus, lots of huge elk off the pasture near the store. If you get the chance, it’s a good, easy to moderate hike. Oh, and the trail was marked, all the way in and out.

good trail unfortunately half of it's closed until April but still got in a good 5miles

walking
no shade
7 months ago

It was nice and not really anyone else out. The path wasn’t clearly mark but never lost service so was able to use my maps to get us through.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy short hike with kids.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely, easy hike with only one downed log on the trail at the halfway point. Only saw 4 people. Not too exposed or buggy. A pleasant hike for us with our kiddo.

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 months ago

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

It was a nice easy hike for my 8year old and I. The only downside was it had no benches anywhere to sit. It also had no shade to really speak of. I was close to 80 the day we hiked this.

hiking
over grown
11 months ago

I would only recommend this trail if you’re all about bird watching. It was beautiful to watch but as far as the hike it’s very easy. It’s just a long one with minimal shading. It does start out with a beautiful mile long boardwalk with a gazebo in the middle and an awesome view. Definitely gorgeous!! We didn’t go all the way through.

Interesting hike...a short boardwalk and lots of wide grassy (mowed) trail. Lowland area with swampy inlets off the Willamette River. Saw a lot of nutria and maybe some beavers. Definitely lots of beaver cut trees.

Great walk with small kids! Very pretty and we saw some beavers and geese.

hiking
muddy
over grown
Sat Apr 27 2019

Really pretty but a bit too muddy in spots. Several logs across the trail that you have to climb over. Will probably come back in summer or early fall.

hiking
Wed Apr 24 2019

Fun and interesting place! Enjoyed the hike.

hiking
muddy
Tue Apr 23 2019

It was definitely more muddy than I like. The trail is well-marked but the loop we did was 3.9 miles; see recording for details. The section from the loop back to the car was signed as no entry including foot traffic, which seemed strange as it is the road. We walked it anyway as it wasn’t clear there was another way without adding a lot more distance. Overall a nice, if a bit muddy, hike. Trilliums are mostly gone and not many wildflowers blooming yet. Few birds for some reason today.

hiking
muddy
Thu Mar 14 2019

The trail is wide and well marked. We went with 6 kids, ages 12-5, and they were all able to walk the whole loop, no problem. Even before Spring has begun, the trees are beautifully covered in bright green moss and there were plenty of birds in the trees and on the ponds. We even saw signs of elk and coyote! There is a store (only open Fri-Sun) which was closed when we went on a Wed morning. The trail was a bit muddy in places but we came prepared with our rain boots and there were no puddles more than ankle deep.

This was a really excellent trail. It was good exercise when you combine the trailheads together as this one does. We did run into so closures of trails due to the time of year since it is a wildlife refuge, but we found ways to partially get back on track and enjoyed a nice long hike on a winter day. I do recommend bringing good hiking boots and possibly a spare pair of shoes for after since it was very muddy in certain parts of the trails.

hiking
muddy
Wed Jan 23 2019

Another mossy trail.

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