©Kelley Beamer
©Kelley Beamer

Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge

Western Gorge, washington
NOTE: The northern (eastern) segment of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is closed from October 1 through April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl. The southern (western) segment is open year-round.

A lovely trail at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, great for birding and wildlife viewing. This trail is a flat graveled path that leads you through riparian areas rich in wildlife viewing opportunities. Hikers may see great blue herons, geese, ducks, grebes, pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls and more.

A couple times a year, Friends of the Columbia Gorge in partnership with Gorge Refuge Stewards lead bird walks here. Visit our Hike with Friends page to learn more.

Note: No dogs are allowed at the wildlife refuge.



Family Friendly!

Trail Map

Driving Directions

Take I-5 or I-205 north to WA SR-14 East. Travel past Washougal and just past the National Scenic Area welcome sign; look for the Steigerwald parking entrance on right/south side of highway.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: loop
  • Length: 2.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 0
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Restroom Facilities: Yes
  • Fees and Regulations: None


  • Beautiful Views
  • Bird Viewing
  • Ice-Age Floods

Difficulty Levels

Gorge Walk/Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,200 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous/Difficult: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain


Trail maps are courtesy of NWHiker.org. Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of Portlandhikers.org.

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