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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
From the trailhead, head out on a wonderful trail that runs out along Winslow Pool to Pine Lakes. These pools are often full of ducks, geese, and swans in all seasons. The trail also provides easy access to an assortment of blinds--camouflaged huts that allow visitors to sit in hiding while viewing waterfowl up close.
The trail continues to loop out around the far shore of Winslow Pool, then along a dike between Pine Lakes and Winslow Pool. On the south shores of these pools stands a massive stand of ponderosa pines, providing homes to brown creepers and many woodpecker species.
If you want more hiking, head out on the Bluebird Trail, a 4-mile round trip beginning from a trailhead found behind the headquarters. The trail leads north to Kepple Lake.
From Spokane, drive west on Interstate 90, leaving the freeway at exit 257 (Tyler/Cheney). Turn south after exiting the freeway and drive 10.3 miles on State Route 904 before turning right onto Cheney--Plaza Road just past the "Turnbull NWR" sign. Drive 4.1 miles on Cheney--Plaza Road before turning left into the refuge's main visitor entrance. Drive the good gravel road 1.3 miles in and pay your use fee at the fee station. Continue to the main headquarters to obtain maps of all the hiking areas. US Fish & Wildlife day use pass required.
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