Wassen Creek

April 19, 2009

Nine Obsidians took off on a gorgeous spring morning to explore Wassen Creek, a little-known wild area in the Coast Range east of Reedsport. We enjoyed the guidance of guest leaders Dee and Dave Tvedt, who are working to gain wilderness designation for the area. Wassen Creek is true wilderness, its old growth forest showing virtually no evidence of human presence. We started out with the relative luxury of an elk trail (and gained a lot of respect for the fitness level of those elk!), then bushwhacked through forest, among ferns and logs as well as frequent thickets of salmonberry. We occasionally took advantage of giant logs that served as bridges over the thorny brambles, and at other times had to mind our language as well as our feet. The reward for our labors, though, was magnificent groves of old growth, with numerous trees 8-10 feet in diameter, lush mosses and ferns, a waterfall and creek, and many wildflowers in bloom. Best of all, we were seeing an intact, untouched old-growth ecosystem--quite a rarity in the Coast Range. Rarely has a 5-mile hike produced so many sore muscles, bruises and scratched arms, but everyone considered the hike well worth the effort.

Hikers were members Denise Butler, Sandor Lau, Becky Lipton, Moshe Rapaport, Rich Romm, Chris Stockdale, Sue Wolling (leader), Charley Wright, Leslie Wright Dave and Dee Tvedt.

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