It's hunting season at the refuge. Bicycling on the trails is forbidden as is running/jogging anywhere within the refuge. No dogs allowed either. The reasoning is these activities are too disruptive to wildlife. Apparently shooting the wildlife with noisy guns is not disruptive to wildlife.
BTW I agree with the ban on dogs and bikes. :) Would love to trail run though.
I hiked two loops, Mill Hill loop and Woodpecker Loop, as well as the intertie trail that connects the two. About 4 miles probably. My bicycle computer (Garmin) didn't work well at walking speed and hidden under the trees. It only recorded about 30 minutes/half mile of the hike. I imagine a true gps unit would fare better.
Pretty day. Nice weather. I'm happy.
|Beautiful old oak tree.|
|Grey Creek. It looked a little less like a mud hole in real life.|
|Mill Hill Trail|
|This is a little pond in winter.|
|Woodpecker Loop Panorama (Click for full size). The hill to the left has been burned. |
Willamette Valley in background.
|Pidgeon Butte in background.|