Waterfalls along Siouxon Creek

On a cool spring day with a few sun breaks, I hiked in a hidden gem of an old-growth forest.

The trail followed the Siouxon (rhymes with Tucson) Creek for four miles before crossing a foot bridge. Soon I reached my destination, 50-foot Chinook Creek Falls, a lacy waterfall dropping over a rocky ledge.

Along the way the trail meandered through a beautiful rainforest with multiple waterfalls, many ferns, moss and lichen on the trees, a few scattered old-growth cedars and Douglas firs, and mature hemlock trees galore.

It made for a very pleasant four-hour outing. The trail is wide, well-maintained and has no steep sections. Most of the time I was hiking near the crystal clear waters of Siouxon Creek.

Another gem near Portland.

Small waterfall on tributary creek

Mertens’ Coral Root Orchid

Typical stretch of trail

Chinook Creek Falls

Too-soon-to-be ripe Salmonberry

I don’t often spot snails in the Cascade Mountains

False Lily-of-the-valley

Siouxon Falls

Columbia Wind Flower past its prime

Siouxon Creek

Sword Ferns by the hundreds



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  1. Since we are planning a trip to Paris in a couple of years, by daughter asked me if I would eat escargot. I have a rule that I don’t eat anything that has (had) a face. So the question of the day is: Do snails have faces?


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