On a picture perfect day, much more like late June than early May, six of us spent an excellent day on the trails and gravel roads of the North Bank Deer preserve. We drove down I-5 in two cars. The group made a decision to extend our mileage and elevation by hiking up and over Boundary Ridge instead of plummeting down Chasm Creek. This added about 1.4 miles and about 200 feet of elevation. Janet had hiked this portion of the trail before, so she became a de facto co-leader. We saw snakes, deer, birds, lots of flowers, and a plethora of classic oak and madrone. We were pretty tired at day's end. One car stopped for soda and ice cream at the Rice Hill Drive-In on the return trip. One thing's for sure-- you don't get many days like this in May! Great hike!Members: Colgan, Don, Haynes, Jennifer, Fogg, May, Jacobsen, Janet, Popowsky, Brian. Nonmembers: Morrow, Patty.
Hiking up and down the ridge with views of the Umpqua River—photo by Jennifer Haynes
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