North Bank Deer Preserve

April 18, 2010

A great day - great weather, great group and a great hike. Leaving Eugene slightly before 8, we arrived at the trailhead and were heading up the trail by 9:20. There have been several changes to the trails since my last visit a couple of years ago: clear maps on a board at the trailhead as well as a registration box, new signage at all the many trails junctions and new gravel (less mud) on the starting section of trail (going counter-clockwise). This is a great view hike, climbing quickly to ridges that follow around the top of a valley, with panoramas of the North Umpqua River and the surrounding mixed forests and open oak savannas. Several stops along the way to admire the views and a most pleasant lunch stop at a rock outcropping provided time to soak in the surroundings.

This hike loops around and through the North Bank Habitat Management Area, a 10 square mile preserve for the rare Columbia white tail, overlooking the North Umpqua River. A few of us did see the rare white tail from the car on the way home. And after meeting several turkey hunters near the trailheads who had not seen any turkeys, we also managed to see two of them from the car as well.

Hikers were: Brad Bennett, Laurie Funkhouser, Janet Jacobsen, John Jacobsen (leader), Daphne James, Gary Kirk, Chris Molly, Suzanne Steusey and Chris Stockdale.

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