"The New Intertie Trail" William Finley National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do Tip by glabah

  Part of New Intertie Trail open, 3 Sept 2011
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  • Part of New Intertie Trail open, 3 Sept 2011 - William Finley National Wildlife Refuge
      Part of New Intertie Trail open, 3 Sept 2011
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  • New Intertie Trail joins Mill Hill Loop Trail - William Finley National Wildlife Refuge
      New Intertie Trail joins Mill Hill Loop Trail
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  • New Intertie Trail has Branch through Oak Savanna - William Finley National Wildlife Refuge
      New Intertie Trail has Branch through Oak Savanna
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  • 12 Nov 2011: Trail is Open, including Boardwalk - William Finley National Wildlife Refuge
      12 Nov 2011: Trail is Open, including Boardwalk
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  • New Intertie Trail wanders through Oak Forest - William Finley National Wildlife Refuge
      New Intertie Trail wanders through Oak Forest
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In 2011, construction of a new intertie trail between the Woodpecker Loop Trail and the Mill Hill Loop Trail was both started and completed. This new trail provides an all-forest route between these two all-year trails. This avoids walking on the refuge maintenance road that is part of the old Mill Hill loop trail (which can be a little confusing to figure out) and it also avoids a perpetually muddy area through the oak savanna near the refuge headquarters.

This new trail is entirely through the dense oak forest between the two trails.

For the most part, this trail was built with very few trees cut, which means the trail meanders around quite a lot in order to pass through areas that were clear of anything except undergrowth.

There is one fairly long boardwalk section, but as of this writing (Nov 12, 2011) the boardwalk connects to the trail with very steep steps. Ramps will be completed at a later date to ease this transition from trail to boardwalk.

This new trail connects to the main office of the refuge using another new trail that is accessed from the opposite side of the refuge headquarters parking lot.

Picture this new trail as a T. The bottom of the T is the refuge office. The left end of the T is at the old Intertie Trail, very close to the junction where it connects to the Mill Hill trail and trailhead. The right end of this T ends where the Mill Hill loop trail starts its loop, completely bypassing the section of the Mill Hill loop trail that connects the loop itself to the refuge access road, plus the section of this trail that made use of the refuge access trail.

The photos here on this tip date from September 3, 2011 (when part of the trail was open, but part of it was not), and from a visit on Nov 12, 2011 when the entire trail was open.

Directions: Follow signs to refuge headquarters, and then follow pedestrian crosswalk to trail on opposite side of parking lot. Mill Hill loop and older Intertie Trail also have connections to the new trail.
Website: http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/finley/

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