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Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Washougal, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

No shade

Historic site

No dogs

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Getting There

Currently closed for restoration. Note: This trail is closed during the week between Sept 3 - Oct 15. However, visitors may still hike the trail on weekends during this time. Users have reported that the trail is partially closed between October 1st and May 1st, but can still be hiked as an out and back during those months. A great location for a walk, with many opportunities for views, photos, and enjoying wildlife. Gravel paths make for easy travel through this gem at the entrance to the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. Teeming with wildlife at the eastern edge of Camas and Washougal, Washington, the 1,049-acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge presents a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature through hiking and wildlife observation. Over 200 of the 300 bird species seen in Clark County have been observed on this relatively small refuge, making Steigerwald Lake an excellent birding destination. The northeast section of loop portion is closed October 1 thru April 30. There is a wildlife sighting board where you can add what you've seen. Great place for kids.

A gravel lot at the trailhead is available for parking from 6AM to 9PM. Gates open and close automatically. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead, as well as an informational center with brochures on park resources.

Travel on SR-14 East-bound from the I-205 area. The entrance is well marked on the south side of the highway right before you begin traveling uphill into the Columbia River Gorge scenic area.

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Reviews (109)
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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 10, 2020
Hiking

Trail is closed for good! We drove there yesterday and were told that the area will be flooded and that the trail is not going to open again. :(

Tina Banks
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Walking

I've been here several times. I love the easy walking path. There's great things to see here too. We've seen several Bald Eagles, just one of the many different bird species. Sun batheing Turtles, Big rat looking Nutria, snakes, rabbits, it really is a nature walk. I've never been disappointed in an adventure here.

Erin Sackett
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Hiking

Closed due to Covid! looked lovely through the gate.

Tim Murphy
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Hiking

Scenic, open trial that’s great for wildlife viewing. Beyond the main trail on the south end, it meets up with another trail that winds along the Columbia River. Beautiful area.

Sampson Tevaseu
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Hiking

This was a nice unexpected walk before Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately we couldn’t finish because half the trail is closed for the season, but we did get to see a lot of wildlife, amazing! It was also nice to see Mount Hood peeking through. What a great day! Time to go add those calories back on! Lol!

John Carter
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HikingClosed
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Cari S.
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HikingClosed

REFUGE IS CLOSED September - October 15, 2019 Monday to Friday so you’ll have to go on the weekend.

Cristin Rigney
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Hiking

I like to do this trail with my kids just to get them out of the house. Not really a trail I would do for the scenery, although if you are a photographer there are some good animal shots out there.

Casey C.
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Hiking

Lots of wildlife, and very family friendly. Great views of the Columbia River, Rooster Rock, and Mt. Hood.

Carol Mulligan
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Hiking

Very easy trail. Great for family and kids.

A P.
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Hiking

Nice short hike, really not crowded on an overcast summer late morning. Saw some deer immediately after entering the refuge, lots of birds, frogs, a snake. nice view of the beginning of the gorge and the Vista house cliffs.

Ian Souki
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Hiking

beautiful walking trail. nice an quiet and not very crowded. while we were out there we ran into a few of the people who maintain the sanctuary and they were very nice. great place for bird watching and photography. while walking through a high grass area a deer and her fawn crossed right in front of us.

Darren Dye
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Beautiful hike. Lots of birds and wildlife. Open spaces and great views of the river.

James Farmer
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Hiking

Beautiful view of the western gorge. Wildlife aplenty!

Gabriella S.
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Hiking

I have been to the beach here many times and never realized the gravel/dirt trail brings you all the way down along the refuge. Nice walk with views of the mountain.

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Tracey Powell
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HikingNo shade

Easy hike amongst wildlife. No mud at all. Just a heads up, part of the loop is closed Oct 1st to April 30th so it’s an out and back hike until May 1st.

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Natasha S.
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HikingNo shade
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Steven Phillips
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Hiking

One of my favorites! It's common to see a variety of small birds and foul, as well a kestrels, harriers, and seasonally eagles, ospreys, herons, etc. Please be mindful of the noise you make as it often disturbs the wildlife as much as others along the trail. The trail is extremely easy to navigate, users are typically very friendly, and few places will be more pleasant on the rare sunny winter day.

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Duc Nguyen
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Great place to go for a short walk. Lots of birds and other small animals to be seen.

Amy Leigh Williams
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Hiking

Stunning.

PhLo M
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Hiking

A nice, family friendly walk around a waterfowly area with nice views of the river and gorge to the southeast. I combined this walk with the Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail, hiking its entire length.

Ryan W.
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Walking

Great trail for a family walk with young kids. Beautiful park and trail. The kids loved all the animal sightings, which included nutria, deer, turtles, and so many birds. The park is a nature preserve, so that comes with a lot of restrictions; no dogs, no bikes, no trail running. These restrictions made for a very peaceful and relaxing experience. Also we did not have to slog through spring mud thanks to the well maintained gravel trail. I’ll be taking the family back in a few weeks so we can check out the other path that is only open seasonly.

Brandee Sheldrake
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Walking

Great family hike!

Greg King
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Great for families. It’s a nice, flat, gravel trail filled with wildlife. We saw Hawks, Bald Eagles, and a Huron eat a snack.

Aaron Perkins
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Hiking

Nice easy stroll for a bird watching and general wildlife watching.

Jessica Iler
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Hiking

Although the description says this trail is near Troutdale, Oregon, I think it's more accurate to say it's near Camas, Washington. Given that it is in Washington, as easy exit off Hwy 14. When we hiked this evening, there was moderate traffic initially though by the time we left at 9pm there was only one other person. We did a bit of a loop to extend the hike - went through the door onto the seasonal trail and up to the Lewis & Clark Discovery Greenway Trail. took a left and went to a small clearing with an excellent view of Mt Hood, then back along the Greeway Trail until it intersected with the main Wildlife Art Trail, then turned onto that to get back to the trailhead. It ended up being a 4.5 mile loop according to my GPS. We saw an adolescent deer, bunnies, a family of ducks, a heron, a number of birds, and a few dragonflies.

Keith Bixby
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Hiking

Great if you just want to get steps and see some nature. Within 5 minutes we saw a doe and a bald eagle. Not much elevation, very easy walk.

Scott Stange
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Bird Watching

What a great Labor Day hike got there a little past sunrise watched four Hawks playing way out in the field watched deer grazing 20 yards from us. Best picture of the day was a bobcat near the Lewis and Clark trail dike area he came out of the trees and sat in the grass for about 30 seconds and then ran off into the woods we got three nice pictures before it disappeared we will be going again or a sunset walk

Autumn Arms
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I love this trail ...come early in heat really small amount of shade..no dogs as to not disturb the wildlife. My pet peeve perfect for photographers but gravel trails make for a hard shot one photographer I spoke to said it was like walking in potato chips lol otherwise beautiful, peaceful hike.

Mike E
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Hiking

Easy going trail that is family friendly. I've used this trail multiple times if I want an easy going walk or a quick bike ride.

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