Join us for a hike along the wild and scenic McKenzie River through an old-growth forest burned in the 2021 Knoll Fire and experience this fire's impacts and benefits.
The Salmon River is designated as a Wild & Scenic River, and it is also surrounded by the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, protected in 1984. The enchanting trail follows the river through massive Douglas-firs and redcedars, and a forest with all the classic and essential elements of an old-growth forest. This time of year, these healthy forest soils also sprout mushrooms and we'll plan to learn about these fungi on the trip as well.
Brice Creek, easily accessible from Cottage Grove on the I-5 corridor, is a popular summer destination for those looking to swim in cold pools and bask on streamside rocks, but it's also accessible year-round for forest, wildflower, mushroom, and waterfall lovers. The trail follows Brice Creek, proposed as a Wild & Scenic River in current legislation, through a mature and old-growth forest of Douglas-fir, bigleaf maple, western hemlock, and western redcedar, with a side-trail leading to Trestle Creek Falls.
Boulder Lake lies on the southeast flank of Mount Hood, between two units of the Badger Creek Wilderness. A well-maintained half-mile trail through an old-growth forest takes you to the edge of the cliff-lined alpine lake. We'll explore the forest and lake shore, and take a side trip to nearby Little Boulder Lake.
Join us in calling on President Biden to protect our forests by participating in this grassroots virtual hike in your favorite forest.