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Baskett Slough Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

A kestrel at dusk surveys Baskett Slough (cfm)
Fender's Blue butterfly (cfm)
Calochortus tolmiei
  • Start point: Baskett Butte TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Baskett Butte
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 1.0 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 200 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Pacific flyway and is the winter home of many thousands of dusky Canada goose. It also boasts resident bald eagles, osprey and a great horned owl. In the wetlands, you will see many other water birds, beavers and nutria.

The small peak on the refuge is Baskett Butte, which contains upland Willamette prairie grasslands, and oak savanna woodlands. The grasslands are home to a threatened plant: Kincaid's lupine,which is the host of an endangered butterfly-the Fender's Blue butterfly. The western meadowlark sings here daily.

Begin at the trailhead and take the gravel trail uphill. Fork right onto the grassy trail to circle around the eastern side of the butte. Take the next fork left onto single track to head into the woodland with an understory that will slowly open up as you ascend until you reach a gorgeous mature grove of Oregon white oak. Stay on the path to avoid the abundant poison oak on the butte. When you emerge from the woods, you will see the observation deck. Walk out to this wooden platform, enjoy the wildflowers and the views. A plaque on the deck dedicates this observation point to the former refuge manager who died on Sept 11, 2001 on flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania. The gravel path will take you back downhill to the parking area.

Sorry Fido, but dogs are not allowed on the trail. Please leave your pets at home. Since there are no dogs allowed, you will be able to get pretty close to the resident deer who have become habituated to the nature lovers walking the trails the area.


Regulations or Restrictions, etc.

  • Pets are not allowed on the trail

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Best Hikes With Kids: Oregon by Bonnie Henderson & Zach Urness
  • 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range by William L. Sullivan
  • Wild in the Willamette edited by Lorraine Anderson with Abby Phillips Metzger

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