A Hare-brained Hike


The snow was continuing to fall at higher elevations.

In response I decided to head to the eastern slopes of the Coastal Mountains.

This was the beginning of a ten-mile hike in wonderful Oregon sunshine (to the uninitiated, that’s concrete skies and rain).

After crossing the Buxton Trestle I continued several miles on the Vernonia Rails-to-Trails.

Then I took  a long lollipop loop on the Hare’s Canyon and Boomscooter Trails. The wet snow became increasingly deeper as elevation was gained.

Even though I looked like a drowned rat at the end of the outing (still warm though), I enjoyed the good exercise, interesting history of the old railroads and the vibrant rainforest.

Mushrooms popping out of the snow

Mushrooms popping out of the snow

Sun pouring through the branches

Sun pouring through the branches

Buxton Trestle

Buxton Trestle

Reflections in a small pond

Reflections in a small pond

Wet hiking conditions

Wet hiking conditions

The sun backlighting lichen hanging from the trees

The sun backlighting lichen hanging from the trees

Mushrooms in the snow

Mushrooms in the snow

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Glorious sites on your wet hike, John. Every single photo is a joy. I really like beginning and ending with the mushrooms peeking out of the snow, the lichen-covered trees is ethereal, beautiful sun, skies, and water. Lovely old trestle, too–blends into the forest.

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