Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hiking to Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge

 

Sunday I headed out with a few friends to walk on the Washougal Dike Trail. It starts at Steamboat Landing (note: there are no steamboats anymore!) and goes to Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It was a bright sunny morning, and the Columbia River looked pretty and blue. I’m glad it gave us a little taste of that before returning to March’s standard—issue grey.

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As we walked along the Dike we enjoyed the cottonwood trees that lined the river.

 

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Steigerwald looks a lot like Ridgefield, and it’s probably closer to our new home, so I guess we should get used to coming out here.

 

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This shot of the ducks with Mt Hood in the background was my favorite shot of the day.

 

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I was a little partial to these leaning cottonwoods too.

 

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We saw evidence of wildlife other than just the feathered kind.

 

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Soon we came to the end of the road…

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Time to head back.

 

 

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On the way back we stopped at Cottonwood Beach for lunch before continuing towards town. We saw (though I did not get pictures of) several people horseback riding on the beach.

 

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The sky was overcast and grey as we trudged back to the car. It was six miles all together, not a bad distance for a first hike of spring. It was nice and flat, just to get us in the mood for hiking again! It was very windy the whole way! But a nice walk with friends all the same.

 

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2 comments:

heather said...

Great photos again, thanks for sharing! I really liked seeing the towboat shot (interesting to me to see, never thought much about there being tows on that river!)and the closed door made me giggle !

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Sounds like a wonderful hike. How nice that the weather cooperated, too.
It does look like a beautiful place to ride horses, especially with the lovely water views...something that is very rare here in New Mexico.

Your photos are splendid! I also love how observant you were in noticing the beaver chew marks on the tree.
And I really love the oddness of having a free-standing door...which was locked no less, as the entrance to the wildlife preserve. Cool!

~Lisa