Lillian Falls/Goddard Nature Trail

June 6, 2010

Seven hikers set off on what was advertised as an “easy” hike. It turned out to be more than that. The first half mile was the complicated part. Mother Nature had provided three large trees at irregular intervals across the trail. We all managed to get up and over, but not gracefully. We also encountered three streams which were swollen and difficult to cross. Everyone had a different solution. There were soaked feet for several of us.

Lillian Falls proved to be quite beautiful, thanks to the large volume of water. We stopped for pictures and a snack. A light rain shower began as we returned to the cars. Our previous experience at “log jumping” and stream crossings made the trip faster.

We drove back one mile from Lillian Falls for the Joe Goddard nature trail. Here we were awed by several huge old growth trees in a forest grove set aside for future generations.

Chuck Eyers told us about another “must see” further down the road a few miles. He lead us on a trail to Salmon Creek Gorge, across a bridge to witness the river running at a very high level. Very beautiful-thanks Chuck.

We celebrated our safe return at A&W in Oakridge with late lunch/treats.

Hikers were members Walt Dolliver, Chuck Eyers, Tom Musselwhite, Karla Rusow, Guy Strahon (leader) and Judith Terry; and nonmember Jim Woodard.

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