Explore the most popular lake 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
21 days ago

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".

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.

walking
2 months ago

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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, November 24, 2016

Pine Lakes Loop Trail is a paved trail all of the way around. It is by far one of the best maintained trails I have been on all year. There is parking and a restroom at the trail head. There are many lovely wetland views. You will likely see some water fowl, and if lucky a moose or two.

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.

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