December 10, 2006
A little bit of rain and a little bit of wind didn’t deter ten hikers from exploring close-in Elijah Bristow Park.
A large expanse of meadows, woodlands and wetlands, the park is bordered on the north side by the Willamette River and on the south by Highway 58. It contains a network of trails, many of which are used by horses, resulting in some muddy portions for the hikers to wade through. Few people are aware that these trails are so extensive one can hike all the way to the Dexter dam and cover 10 miles or more. Although level, many of the trails are rough, requiring concentration to avoid twisted ankles.
The group set off from the horse parking area and headed for Lost Creek. As the water was too high to ford, they used the main park road bridge to gain access to the other side. They followed the main route west along the creek, looping around through the Lost Creek/Willamette River confluence reclamation area before heading up river to the dam. Lunch was eaten on the riprap that borders the river below the structure. The sun came out for a brief spell during the break, but rain started as we began our homeward route. We spotted signs of beaver, elk tracks and a few different birds. Everybody enjoyed discovering this convenient hiking area, little known to so many people. Joining hike leader Chris Stockdale were Obsidians Jane Allen, Walt Dolliver, Chuck Eyers, Margot Fetz, Dick Hildreth, Daphne James, Sam Miller, Jim Pierce and non-member Joanie O’Brien.
—photos by Jim Pierce