Crow Hill Trail – Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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Crow Hill Trail at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is a short 3/4ths of a mile loop trail with a short walk up a hill and into the trees. The loop itself takes you up a small hill and through the woods. You will see a large variety of plant and animal life. During the spring you will see wild flowers along the path. Keep your eyes open for birds and other wildlife.

Crow Hill Trail – How to Get There

From the visitor center take a right onto Refuge Road. Then turn left at the 3-way intersection onto Wildlife Drive. Then drive another 2 miles and turn left onto Silliman Road. Continue on Silliman Road until you get the closed gate (t-intersection) turn right and drive to the parking lot. There you should see the sign/map for Crow Hill. Follow the trail uphill for about 200 to 300 yards when you get close to the top, you should see the trail head sign to the left.

Crow Hill Trail at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Crow Hill Trail – Trail Description

For the most part, the trail is well maintained. When I made my visit, the trail needs a cutting. But the tall grass wasn’t as thick as Haller’s Haven Trail grass trails. The trail surface is mostly packed dirt and clay. I would avoid this trail for a few days if its been raining.

During the summer and warm month its does get warm. There isn’t much wind getting through the trees. If you need a break there is a new bench along the trail you can rest and taken in the scenery.

Crow Hill Trail

The trail itself for about half the loop goes uphill and the rest of the trail is down hill. The hill isn’t to steep but if you are tired or out of shape you can feel it. As you walk through the trees keep an eye open for wildlife. I saw signs of deer and other animals crossing the trail.  Along the trail there are signs that talk about the natural vegetation you will see walk the trail and what wildlife you might see as you hike the trail.

Sadly a few years ago they removed the old watch tower and replaced it with a bench. I believe the tower was an old fire watch tower and it was removed because it became to dangerous and to costly to maintain. One day I hope they replace the tower.

Crow Hill Trail - Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Crow Hill Trail – Review, Advice, and Final Thoughts

Crow Hill Trail is a short and easy trail. I wouldn’t make the drive out to the refuge just for this trail. Its a great short trail but not worth the drive unless you are there to see the snowbirds in the Winter, bird watching, or there to hike the other trails. This is a good add on trail if you want to walk some more but do not want to take another a long trail.

I plan on walking this trail through the different seasons. I have walked the trails during the spring. In the future I hope to get the chance to walk the trail in the fall to see all the great fall colors. The winter and summer months will be low on the list. The trail is just to short and if I happen to have the time to walk the trail on quick visit I will do it. Don’t get me wrong I like the trail, but I found the trail to be a little boring and not much change in scenery.

The trail doesn’t have any facilities. So make sure to stop the information center before heading off to the trails.

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About James

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