Naturalist Trip - Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge


Naturalist Trip - Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

We visited the Refuge in January and were curious about how birds and vegetation might change with spring. We'll also have access to more hiking trails that were closed when we were there in January. Join us for a first time trip or a repeat as we continue to learn about this Refuge in the southern part of our state.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 150 ft
  • Pace: 1.0

Plan on an early start and a long day as the drive from Olympia is 90 minutes.  Specific meeting time and location will be sent to participants two to three days prior to the trip.  In January most people left the Refuge around 4:00 p.m. to begin the drive home.  

The trip activities will take two forms:  a four mile loop auto-driving tour and a couple of short hikes through the refuge.  During this time of year visitors are allowed to get out of their cars to further explore the area on foot and to hike at least one trail that was closed in January.  The hikes are easy, between one and two miles each with little elevation gain.  Participants should be prepared with their Ten Essentials, dress according to the weather forecast, pack a lunch, and bring binoculars if you have them.  


Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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