North Bank Deer Preserve

May 10, 2009

Gorgeous weather, colorful wild flowers, wonderful scenery and a congenial group of hikers—what more could an Obsidian want? Six members had that experience on Sunday, May 10, when they headed for the North Bank Deer Preserve just north of Roseburg. Following old jeep trails the whole way, the route starts uphill through an oak forest (with plenty of the poison variety) and then leads into open meadows with views back to the North Umpqua and up to the ridgeline. Even when the ridgeline is reached, hiking gets no easier since there are still plenty more steep hills to climb and descend. Lunch was at a great viewpoint, overlooking the river and the North Umpqua basin. From there we continued along the ridge before heading back down through woods with thousands of wild irises and a magnificent old madrone tree. Some of the trails are now sporting brand-new trail signs, although not at the junctions where it is really easy to go wrong. Obsidians Lynda Christiansen, Paul Flashenberg, Jan Jacobsen, Sue Meyer, and Daphne James joined leader Chris Stockdale on this hike.

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