North Fork

October 15, 2009

My best friend is the only person who signed up for this hike (ok he is also my husband Rich!). Since we live in Oakridge, we met at our front door and drove the three miles to the Westfir trailhead. The original plan was to be a car shuttle so as to not retrace our steps, but since we were the only participants, we decided to start at Westfir and turn around after a stop at a great lunch spot by the river, making a total of 11.5 miles. Hint to newbies on this trail: for those who want to hike the trail and do not plan to shuttle cars, I personally find the 6–7 miles out of Westfir to be the most beautiful section as the trail stays close to the river. Weather was balmy (shorts and t-shirts). Though the day was m/cloudy, we still had enough binovc’s for the sun to pop out occasionally. The fall foliage was magnificent with lemon yellows, pumpkin orange and fire engine red! This hike is a hidden gem! The Forest Service has done a magnificent job in sprucing up the rest area by the Office Covered bridge—picnic tables, new colored signs about the Aufderheide & surrounding area, spigot to wash off your mountain bikes, etc. Leader Jan Anselmo and member Rich Anselmo had a great hike.

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