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Ridgefield Trailhead

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Restrooms at trailhead, Carty Unit, Ridgefield NWR (bobcat)
View from the bluff near the trailhead (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 north to Exit 14 for Highway 501W, Ridgefield, and Pioneer Street.

Turn left at the intersection after exiting, and drive 3.1 miles on Pioneer Street, passing through three roundabouts and eventually driving into downtown Ridgefield.

At the intersection with S. Main Street, turn right and drive 1.0 miles to make a left turn into the large gravel parking area for the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Fees and Regulations

  • There is a $3 fee per person at the entrance station kiosk. 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)
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere in the refuge.
  • The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. Automatic gates close the road at the specified hour and you may be trapped behind the gate overnight.
  • The nearby railroad tracks are used heavily. Hikers should use the footbridge and stay off the railroad tracks.
  • The Carty Lake Trail can only be accessed from May through October.


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