Lokie’s Lollipop Hike


It was a cool, rainy, foggy weekend day in mid-January. I drove west to the parking area for the Banks–Vernonia State Trail, a rail-trail and linear state park.

To add adventure to the hike, I took some fairly new, but extremely muddy and steep trails to the east developed for mountain bikers – – – – Spur Line and Lokie’s Lollipop.

Thanks to the mostly fair-weather bicycle riders in the Portland area, I didn’t run into one other person on my hike. (On a nice summer day I would have seen hundreds of road and mountain bikers on the outing.)

My starting point was a rest area by the old Buxton Railroad Trestle, which is 600 feet long and 80 feet high.

I began by taking a short detour to the south so that I could enjoy walking across the planked trestle. Continuing north, I followed the paved rail-trail for several miles before entering the Stub Stewart Park.

Soon afterwards I took the Spur Trail took off to the northeast, eventually ending up on Lokie’s Lollipop Trail.

Upon returning to the trailhead I had covered over nine miles and looked like a drowned rat. But, and this is a secret to remember, I stayed warm. (Wool, good raincoat and fleece.)

Trestle at beginning of hike

Trestle at beginning of hike

Entering the State Park

Entering the State Park

$1.87/gal. for my diesel SUV - - - I must be dreaming!

$1.87/gal. for my diesel SUV – – – I must be dreaming!

Alders and Sword Ferns

Alders and Sword Ferns

Fungi on an Alder

Fungi on an Alder

Mountain bicyclists have fun names for their trails

Mountain bicyclists have fun names for their trails

Walking across the trestle

Walking across the trestle

Rail-toTrail

Rail-to-Trail

 

 

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