These are selected photos of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge taken between 2015 and 2018. The refuge is a special, quiet place I like to visit at least once a year. It’s fairly remote, but not hard to reach. Still, I usually find few other visitors present when I visit, so it is an ideal place to escape and refresh and recharge. 

Located near the southern base of Mount Adams, it is an easy 90-minute drive from Portland. The site boasts the only pairs of nesting Sandhill Cranes in Washington State. I’ve only seen cranes here once. The views of Mt. Adams and a walk through the sweet-scented Ponderosa pine forest on a warm summer’s day are more than enough to make this one of my favorite hiking destinations.

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