By Chris Cindric, Senior Lecturer of Recreation and Leisure Services at Eastern WAshington University
To help you make the most of your outdoor time and keep things fresh during the pandemic, the faculty of Eastern Washington University’s Recreation and Leisure Services Program in partnership with Out There Outdoors has created the SPOvid-19 Local Adventure Series.
Episode 2 – Hiking the Stubblefield Trail at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Our second adventure is a family-friendly visit to the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (TNWF), located 6 miles south of Cheney, Washington, to hike through the Channeled Scablands on the Stubblefield Trail. Currently, the entrance gate is closed as well as all facilities; however, the trails of Turnbull are open for your enjoyment, and no entrance fee required.
When you arrive at Turnbull, park in the area ahead of the gate. The gate restricts access for cars, but bike and foot traffic are allowed to enter the property. Just past the gate you will find a wide, gravel road, perfect for activity while practicing social distancing. If you are looking for an adventure, follow the road approximately 2 miles to the Stubblefield Trail—about a six-mile loop through a mix of landscapes, including basalt outcrops, wetlands, and ponderosa pine forest. Bird life is abundant. At the halfway point you’ll find Stubblefield Lake. Be sure to stay on the trail and keep dogs leashed and pick up after them.
The Stubblefield Trail is definitely a worthy adventure. For more information: Turnbull NWR homepage.
Chris Cindric is a Senior Lecturer of Recreation and Leisure Services at Eastern Washington University where he teaches and advises a minor in experiential education and manages the EWU Challenge Course Program. He lives in Cheney with his wife, four children, and dog.
Bonus video: Running the Turnbull Auto Loop in winter
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