This loop trail. Length: 3.2 miles, walking time: under 2 hours. Starts at the parking area located at Smithfield and Livermore Road on the north side of the refuge. Begining with a walk up a gravel road a short distance to the banks of Morgan Lake. The trail borders the edge of a farm field as you start your way up the backside of Baskett Butte. Hike along the trail you will get good views of the north part of the refuge, seeing all of Morgan Lake and Moffitti Marsh.
Next the Rich Guadgno Loop Trail, will add another mile. Last summer we walked it naked. A signal track trail winding through a mix coniferous forest that includes Oregon white oak. In the spring, there should several optunities to view migratory songbirds in the trees as you make your way through the woodlands. The Rich Guadgno Platform is located on the south side of Baskett Butte. This part of the refuge has more traffic so you’ll probably want to cover up or keep an eye out for textile visitors. There are great views of the wetlands that encompass the southern part of the refuge.
Walking down the north side of Baskett Butte the trail will connect with the Moffitti Marsh Trail leading back to Smithfield Road. A second lap is always possible.
I’m expecting the weather to be in the upper 70 and sunny.
In the early afternoon the reserve is usually pretty much deserted, other people out walking can be easily spotted in the open spaces giving us plenty of time to cover up. We have never had a bad experience with other people walking in the reserve, even meet other nudist out walking.
Contact me with any questions.
Here is a link to trail maps and discriptions: https://www.fws.gov/willamettevalley/baskett/documents/BSNWR%20trail%20des2.pdf