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Kiwa Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Trailhead sign (bobcat)
Cottontail near the Kiwa Trailhead (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 north and take Exit 14 for Ridgefield.

Go left on W501, drive 2.7 miles, passing through three roundabouts, and then turn left on S. 9th Ave for the River ā€˜Sā€™ Unit just after entering Ridgefield.

Drive uphill 0.6 miles and then make a right for Ridgefield NWR, River 'S' Unit.

Head down through the forest on a gravel road for 1.1 miles, crossing a railroad and a wooden bridge, to a junction with an information kiosk, fee station, and restrooms. Stop here to get maps and pay the day use fee if you don't have a pass.

From here, go right on the Auto Tour Route for 0.9 miles; you will bend left and drive along a ditch to a closed gate; go left here and then make a right at an observation blind and restroom to reach the Kiwa Trailhead on the right side of the road.

Fees and Regulations

  • There is a $3 fee per person at the entrance station kiosk as you drive in to the River 'S' Unit. Envelopes are available at the kiosk and the stub must be carried with you. All of the fees collected remain on-site. A host of passes are accepted including:
    • Ridgefield Annual Refuge Pass ($15)
    • Federal Duck Stamp ($25)
    • Interagency Annual Pass ($80)
    • Interagency Senior Pass/Golden Age Passport ($20)
    • Interagency Access Pass/Golden Access Passport (free)
    • Interagency Volunteer Pass (free)
    • Interagency Military Pass (free)
  • The trail is closed October 1st to April 30th.
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere in the refuge.
  • The refuge closes at night and hours are posted at the site; automatic gates close the road at the specified hour and you may be trapped behind the gate overnight.

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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