McKenzie River Trail by Bus

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Leader: Jim Pierce
Hike: 8 miles, 300 ft (Moderate)

A Great day along the clear, bouncing McKenzie River with its constant, gentle gush. We spotted white crowned sparrows and winter wrens called incessantly. The forest is so diverse... huge incense cedars and Douglas firs along with western red cedar, hemlock, Pacific yew and alder. The understory is a complex mix of Oregon grape (almost in bloom), sword ferns, salal with vine maples and rhododendrons … all covered with thick mosses. There were HUNDREDS of trillium, calypso lilies, yellow violets, and wild geraniums. There was a seven foot section of trail where we counted 29 calypso lilies.

The trail had a few muddy spots, but not bad. Most of the downed branches have been cleared. The warm pool at Belknap Hot Springs was a special treat.

Members: Jim Pierce, Nancy Whitfield.

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