Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Loop Hike at River S Unit

Hike Distance: 5.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1461.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 126 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 193633 feet

The River S unit of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge will be closing to hiking starting October 1st, so we decided to head on out there.  It was a gorgeous day, with some nice wind to keep us cool on this hot day.  There were plenty of cars driving around the scenic loop but no hikers, which was very nice.

We walked around the scenic road in the clockwise direction.  We didn’t see many birds, at first, but that changed at about one mile out.  We then started to see some Blue Herons and Egrets, both beautiful birds!  We also saw some of the invasive Nutria, which look like large rats, in some of the waterways.

We couldn’t wait to get under some trees as the sun was bearing down and was quite warm.  The shady canopy, along with the wind, made for a wonderful set of conditions.  We wished we had a recliner to lay down and enjoy these conditions. 🙂  We finally made it to the Kiwa Trail, and followed this walking only trail around its 1.5 mile length.  There were several people taking photographs along this very scenic trail.

About 1/2 mile from our car I spotted a lone deer grazing in the field!  It was tough to see at such a great distance but I still got a picture.  A great way to end the hike!

Just after we got into our car we bumped into some friends of our son, which was highly unexpected given they live in Portland.  We had a nice talk with Jaime and Helena, and they mentioned they were having family pictures taken.  It was nice to meet them here.

I want to apologize for not having updated the blog with all my hikes.  I have almost 20 hikes that haven’t been entered yet, from the last few months.  We’ve been having some issues with free time and health that haven’t helped with this issue but will try to update the blog ASAP.  T

hanks for your patience!!