Hiking in the Coastal Mountains


In early May I hiked the 14-mile trail (1,450 feet of cumulative elevation gain) around Henry Hagg Lake on the eastern slopes of the Coastal Mountains.

The thunder clouds kept moving through but never dropped a real downpour on me.

Instead I enjoyed the many colorful wildflowers along the trail – – – three varieties of wild orchids, five different wild lilies, anemones, wild irises, orange honeysuckle and many more to count.

Five creeks flow into the 2 1/2 mile long reservoir, providing great habitat for song birds, waterfowl, wildflowers, deer and elk.

As always, to keep me entertained, there were many fishermen along the shore and in boats chasing the wily trout. Many osprey were joining the hunt too.

A pleasurable way, with a workout too, to have 5 1/2 hours in the great outdoors.

Oregon Flag (wild Iris)

Oregon Flag (wild Iris)

A pleasant stretch of the trail

A pleasant stretch of the trail

Hagg Lake

Hagg Lake

Spotted Coral Root Orchid

Spotted Coral Root Orchid

Scotch Broom

Scotch Broom

Star Flower

Broad-leaf Star Flower

Open areas along the trail

Open areas along the trail

Colombian Ground Squirrel

Colombian Ground Squirrel

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle

Solomon Seal

Western Solomon Plume (Lily family)

Fallen log in Hagg Lake

Fallen log in Hagg Lake

Trout LIly

Fawn LIly

 

 

 

 

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5 comments

  1. Looks like a divine hike in spring, John. Terrific photos (appreciate the labeling), thanks so much for taking us along. 😀

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  2. John,
    You are in amazing shape, great hike, beautiful pictures.
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