Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge
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.
No dogs are allowed at the wildlife refuge.
Like the Sandy River Delta across the river, Steigerwald was once a dairy farm and was zoned industrial land prior to passage of the National Scenic Area Act. Proposals such as nuclear power plants had threatened the area, but eventually local birding enthusiasts Wilson and Susan Cady and others convinced Senator Mark Hatfield to push for designation of Steigerwald as a national wildlife refuge and the Trust for Public Lands purchased an option on the property until the federal government could purchase it. Today, Steigerwald and the Sandy River Delta are the Gorge’s western gateways, serving as development buffers that support thousands of acres of wildlife habitat. More about the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.