Larison Creek

May 23, 2001

Ten of us met at 0830 at Amazon Community Center parking lot and headed to Oakridge, stopping at the Middle Fork Ranger Station at Westfir, where we found a beautiful new building plus a lot of informational brochures about services and hikes, and then on to the trailhead. We hiked in the forest, along a steep embankment to Larison Cove and then on and off by Larison Creek. At mid-point we had lunch by the creek where bedrock forms a small water chute that slides into a pool. It was picturesque, and a cool and restful spot as it was a hot day — high 80s. We saw a wide variety of plants and trees, old growth Douglas fir, red cedar, yew trees, vine maple, salal, cat tails, pathfinder, wild strawberry, rhodies in bloom, trillium, Oregon grape, windflower, wild ginger, oxalis, anemone, candy flower, valerian and, as Nola reminded me … don’t forget poison oak. Thanks to all who participated for negotiating downed trees across the trail and for making this an enjoyable day. Hikers were Lucile Adamson, Ruth Romoser, Ray Jensen, Nicole Chase, Barb Sutherland, Sheila Ward, Max Brown, Nola Shurtleff, Mary Beth Bonte and leader Gisele Garrity.

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