A Long Hike through the Rain Forest to the Crest of the Oregon Coastal Mountains


I enjoy hiking in the Coastal Mountains. It is verdant and beautiful country.

In mid-November I drove almost to the crest of the Coastal Range, parking at the Gales Creek Forest Camp.

There are two interesting hikes available from the parking area. One hike does a loop over the Storey Burn area. It’s a pleasant seven-mile outing with much variety.

I took the longer 14-mile out-and-back hike to Bell Camp Road (still used by loggers and hunters). The trail mostly follows the deep Gales Creek Canyon.

Because of the immense amount of rainfall this autumn, there were many streams to ford. At several of the locations there were eye-catching waterfalls to see.

After taking a break at Bell Camp Road, it was time to return to the Trailhead.

A superb way to spend a day.

Autumn mushrooms

Autumn mushrooms

One of several waterfalls along the trail

One of several waterfalls along the trail

Springboard slot in a long-since harvested Douglas Fir

Springboard slot in a long-since harvested Douglas Fir (now a nursery stump)

Mushroom gills and autumn-colored Creeping Raspberry leave

Mushroom gills and an autumn-colored Creeping Raspberry leaf

Trail leading through Sword Ferns and leafless Adlers

Trail leading through Sword Ferns and leafless Alders

Waterfall along the trail

Waterfall along the trail

A century-old stump with two springboard slots

A century-old stump with two springboard slots

Waterfall along the trail

Waterfall and lots of Sword Ferns along the trail

Rain Forest at it's best

Rain Forest at it’s best

Near the beginning of the trail

Near the beginning of the trail

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures! I can almost smell the forest air

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