A Winter Hike in the Ridgefield NWR


Concrete skies, a cool breeze, an opportunity to spot migratory waterfowl and a few miles of hiking – – –  the day had all the makings of a pleasant outing.

After crossing an arched foot bridge above a set of railroad tracks, I headed west. I could see tundra swans in the distance but was unable to get close.

After returning to the area near the trailhead, I walked north to a cedar plankhouse built in 2005 as a representative of the 14 plankhouses observed by Lewis & Clark in a nearby Indian village. This was the beginning of the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, a well-marked path passing several lakes.

Eventually the Trail emerged on a butte overlooking much of the area. The reflection of the trees in the small lake was enhanced by the sun breaking through the clouds.

Licorice Ferns growing on a large branch of a White Oak

Licorice Ferns growing on a large branch of a White Oak

Golden-crown Sparrow

Golden-crown Sparrow

Reflections in a small lake

Reflections in a small lake

 

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