"Intertie Trail - partly open only seasonally" Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do Tip by glabah

  junction of Basket Butte Summit & Intertie Trails
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  • view looking northwest from Intertie Trail on hill - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
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  • view looking northwest from Intertie Trail on hill - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
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Connecting the loop trails from Smithfield Road (Morgan Lake and Moffitti Marsh trails) and the trails available from the Coville Road trailhead is the intertie trail. This creates one large hiking area from what would have been several smaller trails.

The trail runs along the summit of Baskett Butte, through oak savanna (which is a rare ecosystem these days in the Willamette Valley). The forest is not quite as dense as what you would find surrounding the Baskett Butte summit loop trail, and therefore the wildlife you would find here is slightly different than the high density forest at the summit.

I have observed here everything from Northern Kestrels to deer. It isn't a very dense habitat like the marshes are, but various song birds and woodpeckers can be seen in the trees, and from time to time I have seen and heard white-breasted nuthatches.

The length of the trail is 0.4 mile (0.7 km) one way.

This trail may be accessed from the Morgan Reservoir Trail or the Moffitti Marsh Trail from Smithfield Road (Closed October 1 to March 31), or from the Baskett Butte Summit Loop trail from the Coville Road Trailhead. The northern part of the trail is also closed from October 1 to March 31, but the rest of it is open all year. This allows remote viewing down onto the marshes below, so that it is possible to see what is wintering in the marshes. At least, if you have good telephoto equipment it is possible to see down there from the end of the all-year segment.

You will want to take a close look at the first two photos to help find your way:

Photo 1: if you go around the summit of Basket Butte counterclockwise, this is the junction of the Intertie Trail and Baskett Butte summit loop trail you will come to. Go left to continue around the loop, and go straight to go to the Intertie Trail, which connects with the Morgan Reservoir Trail. If you go clockwise around the Baskett Butte summit trail, you would turn right to continue the loop, or left to take the Intertie Trail.

Photo 2: Looking at the Morgan Reservoir Trail junction, from the Intertie Trail. Either direction brings you to the parking areas along Smithfield Road. Pay close attention to where you came down, and to the curve in the Morgan Reservoir Trail, as this junction is almost completely invisible when the grass is long.

Address: summit of Baskett Butte - no official address
Directions: Getting to this trail requires using one of the other trails in the refuge, but there are several options available.
Website: http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/baskett/

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2011
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