Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Hike – Carty Unit

Hike Distance: 5.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 796.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 357 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 76187 feet

A very humid day with many nice cloud formations and increasingly warm temperatures.

I decided to try the trail that heads south in the Carty Unit.  It’s a nice trail that brings you past some marsh areas.  Most of the trail is open with wide views of the refuge.  The flowers were plentiful and I took plenty of pictures.  It was interesting getting to the end of the trail, where a gate was located.  The gate was locked with no way of getting through.  Even more interesting is that the other side of the gate had a paved trail and a refuge sign, but I had no access.

After returning from this trail I headed north into the wooded area of the refuge and hiked to some of the viewpoints.  Although the water level was still high, all the trail areas were now accessible to me.  This wasn’t the case on previous hikes due to high water.

I only saw one group of hikers on the trail, and there were school children in the smokehouse region, otherwise it was a people free experience.  A very nice day!