North Bank Deer Preserve

April 28, 2007

This hike has become an annual lead for me, but this year I led it a bit later than usual, since last year we were a little early for prime wildflower viewing. It seems like we hit it about right, time-wise, this year. There were lots and lots of wildflowers and the madrone trees were heavy with flowers. The meadows were filled with waves of fresh spring color and the bounteous poison oak was as spectacular (and thick) as ever.

The hike loops around and through the North Bank Habitat Management Area, a ten square mile preserve for the Columbia white tail deer. We followed the trail over open rolling hills, oak savannas and meadows following ridgelines that provided 360 degree panoramic views of the North Fork of the Umpqua River and its surrounds. While a wonderful trail, providing a nice change of scenery, it can be muddy in places, so be prepared for that if you go.

The weather was great for hiking — no rain, marine clouds that shaded us until they finally burned off toward the end of the hike, and a comfortable temperature in the 60s.

Oh I almost forgot to mention that once again, we did not see the rare Columbia white tail deer.

Hikers were members: Marianne Camp, Laurie Funkhouser, Jane Hackett, Anne Hollander, Janet Jacobsen, John Jacobsen (leader), Sue Meyers, Effie Neth and Chris Stockdale, and nonmember Carol Anderson.

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