Henry’s Delight

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Henry Hagg Lake

At times I’m truly amazed at the diversity of beauty in the Portland area. In early May my destination was the eastern foothills of the Coastal Mountains. A 14-mile trail (1,450 feet of cumulative elevation gain) travels around Henry Hagg Lake, the impoundment behind Scoggins Valley Dam.

There are five creeks flowing into the 2 1/2 mile long reservoir, providing outstanding habitat for song birds, wildflowers and butterflies.

Early wildflowers were in bloom, including fawn lilies, fairy slippers (wild orchids) and Oregon flags. And, many songbirds kept me entertained along the way.

What a pleasant way to spend a sunny six hours of exercise and fun.

Giant Trillium

View from earth-filled dam

Silvery Blue Butterfly

Nice resting spot overlooking Henry Hagg Lake

Chocolate Lily

Henry Hagg Lake is well known by fishermen too

Fairy Bells

Pleasant stretch of trail

Calypso Orchids

Oregon Flag

Fawn Lily


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  1. These bring a sense of tranquility with them. I could picture myself just sitting on that bench and taking in everything around me. Love the butterfly and the Oregon flag. I have not seen the Oregon flag before. Beautiful!


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