Explore the most popular birding trails near Cheney with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
20 days ago

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

A great low-intensity walk. The paved trail leads right to fish lake. Not much shade along the way, bring water and sunglasses for sure.

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".

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy paved trail with lots of wildlife viewing...particularly geese, ducks, and birds. This trail is pretty flat and would be great for little ones, elderly, or less athletic people. You will have to dodge quite a bit of goose poop on the trail, but it's worth it. It really is a birders paradise, and there are even viewing scopes at the start of the trail.

Nice trail. I personally feel the rating of moderate is inaccurate, should be rated as easy. Very little elevation change and the surface is paved but can feel long by the time you get back to your vehicle. If you venture into the Cheney wetlands trail(at about 3.5 miles from Fish lake) the surface changes to gravel and grass two track. Still remains relatively flat but a lot of beautiful scenery. Nice outing today. My wife and I logged 8.91 miles out and back with a short venture into the wetlands(ran short on time to venture further). Plan to do it again but take in more of the wetland's scenery.

Awesome trail to bike or run, it takes you straight to Fish lake. great for families. just make sure to bring plenty of water in the summer.

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.

This is wonderful please, full of nature. I have seen porky pines, turtles, water snakes, lots of mosquitos, ducks, and other animals.

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
2 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

One of the most scenic walks in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Plenty of waterfowl to see. The entire trail around the lake is paved except for the spur to the viewing hut.

In weekends it got little bit crowded for a road biking.

trail running
11 months ago

Good for a long run.

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!

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This is an excellent place to spot water birds. Blackhorse Lake Boardwalk, not to be confused with Blackhorse Lake Hiking Trail - which is on the opposite side of the lake, is a short, paved trail to some viewing platforms. It is wheelchair accessible, and has a restroom and parking area at the trailhead.

road biking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This is one leg of the Columbia Plateau Trail. This trail is paved, and excellent for hiking or bikes. This follows an old railroad grade. It has a lake and small park at one end, and an ample parking area at the other.

walking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nice little nature walk.

walking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Some parts of the path had water over it, 4-1-2017. We saw ducks, birds and a goose landed in the water. It's a very easy walk for all ages, young and old.

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is a lovely hike, with a well-maintained trail that winds through marsh land, woods, and grass. It runs along the edge of a long, marshy lake. You choose one end of the trail, walk to one end and then double back. Be advised that the road that goes from one end of the trail to the other is a one-way loop. The drive around the area is more than enough to justify making a visit to this lovely spot.

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.

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