Woodpecker Loop, William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, OR

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Woodpecker Loop is one of the many trails in the William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge. It is a beautiful loop full of rainforest-like canopy’s and wide open spaces!! Amazing 180 degree views from the look-out point.

Location: The William L. Finley Refuge is located just outside of Corvallis, OR. From Salem, OR, take I-5 south and take exit 228 towards Corvallis/Lebanon. Turn right onto OR-34 W/Corvallis Hwy 210. Follow that road for 9.6 miles. Turn left using the left 2 lanes onto OR-34 bypass. Merge onto OR-99W S/SE 3rd St/SW 4th St/Pacific Hwy W/SW Twin Oaks Cir via the ramp to Junction City/S.Corvallis – this is the first exit on the right. Follow that road left onto Pacific Hwy West / OR-99 South. Follow this road for almost 10 miles and turn right onto Finley Rd. Follow Finley Road for about 1/2 mile and the entrance to William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge will be on the left. 

Follow the road into the park and stay on that road for almost a mile. You’ll see a sign pointing towards the Woodpecker Loop Trail and you’ll turn right. There is a small loop at the end of that road. Park anywhere around there and follow the sign to the start of the trail.

Difficulty: 2/5 this is an easy hike with a few hills mixed in. Actually it is mostly hills and at one point it is a little steep but other than that, it is a great hike.

Kid Friendly: I happened to somehow forget my backpack on this hike, so my little guy (2 yrs old) had to walk the whole way. He did it and did it well. There were a couple times he got tired but he ran some of the way and walked the rest. It is 1.4 miles long so it wasn’t too bad and he slept really well that night 😉

Stroller Accessible: Yes, this is a great trail for a jogging stroller. You’ll get a great workout pushing it up some hills but you’ll get the reward coming back down.

Description: Woodpecker Loop is 1.4 miles long and starts at a small looped parking lot with a few picnic tables and a restroom. Follow the sign to the beginning of the trail and head up. After about 1/4 miles you find a fork in the trail. One side will go over a bridge and the other will go up a hill. You can go either way because this trail is an awesome loop.

Either way you go, you’ll start under a rain-forest canopy of trees and it is beautiful!! About half way through the trail you’ll see a large deck wrapped around a large tree. This is an amazing look-out point where you can see almost 360 degrees all the way around you. Keep your eyes and ears open for the wildlife in the area. Many birds make their homes here. I did see a few signs to watch out for elk!!

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