Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

30 days ago

The park is beautiful , well maintained , friendly people , along , the hiking trails . Beautiful park to relax & get away . If you get lucky , you may run across , the old moose that visits the park . Great place to check out .

Started on the Bluebird trail and then connected to other Turnbull trails. Hiking the road is surprisingly nice. Very little traffics. Nice surface. Shade. The Bluebird trail is also nice except for heavy gravel in center section where shared with service road. Not a good surface for hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

The signage will actually call this Pine Lake Loop. If you take just the loop from the parking area it is 1.3 miles. If you add the loop to the visitors center (follow the path into the trees and up toward the trees then turn LEFT toward the visitors center) it'll be the larger loop shown on the alltrails map and that's maybe 2ish miles. Visit this area at sunset! Incredible colors reflecting off the little lakes!

It sounds like some people are confused by this trail and I've done it many times (I live in Pullman and visit Turnbull probably twice a month because it is one of my favorite places in Eastern WA). At any rate you get to the Stubblefield Lake Loop by starting on the Pine Lakes Loop. At the back of the loops the tail splits and goes into the trees, take that up and then turn right (away from the visitor's center and toward the road you drive in on) and hike in this direction. The road will split- you can either go up the hill or toward the trees, it is a loop so it doesn't matter. You are now on the trail! I've hiked this in every season now and I think late spring is best for this trail because although it can be muddy if it has rained, the flowers are beautiful in the fields. June was best. Winter can be icy but it still do-able if you have the right supplies. Autumn is nice too, but the auto tour area trails have slightly better colors/views.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful little treck around the pond. love that trail and would go back any day :)

$3 parking permit required. started on a 1.25 mile loop around a pond, then a 5.5 ish mile on a gravel road meant for an auto tour. not sure if that was meant to be the trail though? it was great for my husband to break in his new boots as well as test the waters for upping our mileage for future hikes. beautiful day for a nice flat, long walk!

on Stubblefield Lake Loop

hiking
4 months ago

This is a good length to walk. Not a lot of cover/shade out past the first half mile. Took the kids out and they did great. We attempted the other loop but found it a bit confusing because there is a small nature trail that is paved and then the 5.7 mile gravel road trail that this encompasses. Altogether we had a great time and there was plenty to see.

running
4 months ago

I especially love this in early spring. It seems the lake disappears in summer but magically reappears after every winter.

hiking
5 months ago

SO MANY TICKS. Nice and mellow though.

hiking
5 months ago

27 ticks pulled off of 3 dogs during this hike

hiking
5 months ago

Great loop, easy to connect to some other paths. I love Turnbull and go about once a month. All trails are more of a walk than a hike, however- not much elevation change out there.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely little walk. Very family friendly! Lots of birds.

snowshoeing
snow
8 months ago

Quick little loop.

trail was nice but TICKS LIKE CRAZY! stopped to get the dogs a quick drink of water and they were both COVERED with ticks. make sure to do a flea and tick treatment before going and possibly bring a tick remover for before getting back in car. trail is amazingly gorgeous and will go again but LOTS of ticks at this time.

walking
Thu May 03 2018

This small loop is peaceful and a great spot to check out some wildlife.

This doesn't really qualify as a hike, but it's a quick boardwalk stroll over part of the marshes of Black Horse Lake to a viewing area. There were plenty of waterfowl to be seen in early April. This is an excellent choice for those with limited mobility or toddlers. There is also a vault toilet at the "trailhead".

The hike is an out and back, so it is not as interesting as other trails. However, it was still beautiful and a nice hike to do.

Fri Mar 23 2018

I have hiked this trail many times over the past few years and my experience is different every time depending on the time of year. In March- April I have noticed a lot of bluebirds as the trail name suggests, both the western and mountain bluebird, nut hatches, northern flickers. Sometimes on the back side of the trail you can see Elk and Moose. My favorite experience so far is a couple bucks sparing in early October. May - August, There are some coyotes there that howl at sunset, a group in the public area and a group in the off limits area. One group will howl then stop and listen to the other group howl. It’s an amazing thing to hear. Only downside is there are a lot of ticks in Turnbull so bring the bug spray.

walking
Mon Mar 19 2018

Wouldn’t consider this a ‘hiking’ trail where one ‘hikes’. But it’s a pretty good walk.

hiking
Tue Feb 13 2018

Hike was really pretty. It was flooded in a few spots so we had to navigate around them but were able to make due :]

A lot of wild animals in this area and a beautiful area.

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

This can be an enjoyable hike in the right conditions. It's not super enjoyable on a hot afternoon, like when I did it. There is virtually zero shade. I was also a little disappointed that there is no clear path to Stubblefield Lake. Therefore, it isn't really destination and isn't even visible from the trail. Normally I am quite explorative, but I already had enough pokey things stuck in my socks, and I wanted to respect the designated trails - even if it's just a gravel road in this case. Not a terrible hike, just not my favorite.

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

The route shown for this hike is incorrect for the first part of the hike. The true trailhead is a short distance into the 5 mile driving route. You can either park at headquarters and walk down the driving route to find the trailhead or drive there and drive the rest of the one way loop afterward. The incorrect route takes you through the refuge's maintenance area and on a service road. I enjoyed this trail simply because it had coverage from the sun. Many other areas of the refuge are very exposed, and on a hot day that can be a lot to take in. Don't expect anything at the end though. It's a nice, but anticlimactic stroll through the forest.

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

This hike is short and sweet. A bit overgrown for sure, but nice scenery.

Sat May 27 2017

Beautiful and easy hike along a paved trail. Perfect spot to enjoy the many birds that migrate through in the spring.

Lovely and easy hike along the shore of a peaceful lake, as well as nearby grassland and stands of Ponderosa Pine. Late spring is perfect time to see lots of wildflowers and birds galore!

I first hiked this trail in November of last year. To my surprise, I was fortunate enough to see a moose grazing in the distance. To my dismay, my camera battery was dead. This is one of the better trails in the refuge. It is flat, and easy to follow. This would be a very family-friendly hike. There are nice views of the marshes and lake, and lots and lots of birds! There is a small parking area at the trailhead, and a restroom.

hiking
Wed Apr 26 2017

This is one of the many lovely nature trails in the Turnbull Refuge. I did this trail today as a loop, hiking back along the very scenic road. This trail is not quite as lovely as some of those that pass along the lakes and marshes, but it is a nice hike just the same. It is worth mentioning that I costs $3.00 for an access pass at the entrance to Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. You pay in an envelope at the gate, and put the dated receipt in your car window.

This is one of the many nature trails in Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. I spent the entire day hiking some of the lovely trails in these wetlands. This is a wonderful place to do some nature hiking, especially if you like water fowl.

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