North Bank Deer Preserve

Sunday, May 29, 2011
Leader: Chris Stockdale
Hike: 8 miles, 1500 ft (Moderate)

The Soggy Bottom trail lived up to its name for the six Obsidians who hiked in the North Bank Deer Habitat outside of Roseburg. Thanks to the unending rains of the Oregon spring, we had to pick our way through mud and water covering the trail in many places. But as we climbed up out of the valley, we were rewarded with such copious displays of wild irises of every hue that we forgave Mother Nature for this excessive dampness. We also saw blooming Mariposa lilies and other flowers, as well as unending growths of poison oak. A pair of Western Tanagers was obviously trying to lure us away from a nest as the gorgeously colored male flew from bush to bush leading us away. We also encountered flocks of gold finches, red tailed hawks and other raptors. Our route took us on a loop along the ridgeline with beautiful views of the North Umpqua basin. The Habitat is a great place to hike as it has many different grassy roads leading all over the hills, and is easy to get to from Eugene on paved roads.

Members: Chris Stockdale, Joe Sanders, Nola Nelson, Art Kearney, Jim Whitfield, Janet Jacobsen.

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