Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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
1 month ago

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

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.

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
3 months ago

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

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
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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
Wednesday, April 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.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

walking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nice little nature walk.

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is a pretty good leg stretcher. It has very nice trails for some of the way, and gravel roads for much of it. There is a lot of open space. It was a cool day in November on the day I hiked, so it was marvelous. I would guess this gets really dusty in the summer. This was a satisfactory day hike, well worth taking the time to drive a couple of hours to get to the trail head. This would be a great place to ride a bike.

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Winslow Pool Trail shares the trail with Pine Lakes Loop Trail for about half of the distance. At the end of the lake, instead of taking the short loop around, you take a wider loop. The Pine Lakes Loop Trail is paved beautifully all around. The wider loop that Winslow Pool Trail takes is a finely graveled trail / road. It's a beautiful hike, with abundant birds and a few deer on the day I went. It is an easy hike, with no significant obstacles or inclines.

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

This is a park where you have to go multiple times to take the time to explore. My bestfriend and I have seen many beautiful things there, whether we were driving through or hiking one of the trails. We even made friends with one of the common chip munks that you'll see running across the trails.

hiking
Monday, November 02, 2015

This hike was beautiful and interesting the first few miles, but after that it was kind of miserable. Walking on a rocky roadbed took it's toll, for us and our german shepherd, plus it was just long straightaways. Maybe our unfamiliarity with the refuge played a role, but at this point, we wouldn't do this again.

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Top notch quality and important ecological site - but pretty boring hiking with the kids.

on Winslow Pool

hiking
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The only place in WA that we have seen Moose. Lots of birds - lovely loop trail. Swans have been seen here nesting.

hiking
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A great place go on a day hike. very level terrain. Maintained neat trails and parking. Only complaint is the tick problem. Don't go walking here without knowing there's a great possibility of collecting ticks.

mountain biking
Monday, May 26, 2014

beautiful but do not plan on taking your bikes. it is not bike friendly.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nice area with lots of trails of all lengths. Nice area for kids and you can drive from place to place easily. Lots of ponds and scenic areas.

nature trips
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This is a neat wildlife refuge to visit for an afternoon. It's really designed to be a drive-through auto tour. There are many places to get out and walk down trails but they are usually short and just take you out to a viewing area near a small pond. It is an excellent place to explore nature with children. All trails are pretty flat, and some are paved so you could easily use with a stroller. Do not expect any sustained hiking for exercise, but by the end of the trip you could get in a few miles of walking total. Good for photographers and bird watchers. I'd recommend bringing a pair of binoculars. We saw many types of water fowl, two coyotes very close (they were clearly used to being around people), and a cow moose. For a bit more exercise, bring bikes and ride through the auto tour loop, it's one-way gravel with minimal slow moving traffic. We drove through the loop, stopping to explore half a dozen short trails in about 4 hours total.

* There are plenty of ticks, so you may want to wear some DEET bug spray and be sure you check yourself out for the creepy little bugs when you are done.

walking
Sunday, March 23, 2014

We actually ended up on this trail as we were completing the Stubblefield trail. Both of these are inside of Turnbull. The lake is small, but pretty. We spotted a porcupine while walking our dog which was pretty cool. Really flat/easy gravel trail. Not a ton of people. Well kept up & overall pleasant. Since this is so close to our house we'll probably go back.

hiking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Turnbull is a very good place for families. Well maintained trails that are easy for kids and dogs on leashes to negotiate. Located on the channeled scablands cut by the Lake Missoula floods, the Refuge is covered by Ponderosa pines, native grasses and several species of shrubs and wildflowers. Depending on the time of year, wildlife can include deer, elk, moose, coyotes and beaver. For first-timers, I would recommend driving the scenic road and finding the location of the many trails and lakes, then loop back to parking and enjoy your hiking experience.

birding
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Super easy trail system.. .mostly flat. If you go in the spring, there are a lot of different types of birds in the area. Deer may also be seen. Nice and quiet.

walking
Thursday, July 05, 2012

This is an enjoyable area to stroll around in nature. Paths are very well maintained as it is a refuge area with onsite parks & management. Many birds and wildlife were witnessed. from ducks, swans, hawks and deer. This is an excellent place for children as paths are easy to access and use. even strollers can be used on many of the paved paths. non paved paths are also available for the more adventourous types so dont worry. Educational opportunities are available as well.
We walked around each area and drove the car around the 5 mile auto loop. stopping at each area to hike around. a wonderful day at a refuge park for anyone and all.

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