McDonald Forest

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Leader: Kris Wolters
Hike: 7 miles, 1200 ft (Moderate)

What a beautiful day! Janet and Keiko met us at Market of Choice in Corvallis and we drove up Sulphur Springs Road to begin our hike in this 7,000 acre forest. All of the trees and trails were covered with fresh snow, which continued to fall as we hiked along Patterson Road and the steep Ridge and Alpha Trails. Along the way, we detoured above the huge landslide that was caused by recent flooding. We returned to the road and headed up the Old- Growth and New- Growth Trails. The group took a few minutes to stop at a picturesque pond and witness a mating ball of rough-skinned newts. Our expert guide, Chemeketan, Jerri O’Brien, hikes in the McDonald Forest five days a week and gave us a history of the area. Ken Ash, another Chemeketan, drove down from Salem to be the sweep.

Thanks to both of them for sharing their knowledge of the forest and joining us for a fun forest adventure.

Members: Kris Wolters, Janet Jacobsen, Keiko Bryan. Nonmembers: Ken Ash, Jerri O'Brien.

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