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Lush old-growth forest along the banks of the Salmon River. Bright green licorice ferns hanging on the sides of wet cliffs. The lush aroma of wet earth under my feet.
The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness southwest of Mt. Hood draws me to its beautiful area several times a year. Wildcat Mountain, Huckleberry Mountain, Devils Peak and Salmon Butte are typical destinations.
This day I hiked 5 1/4 miles to Goat Creek, enjoying the sights and smells of the rain forest.
The hike made for a fine outing on a cool, mostly sunny day. And, with its 1,300 feet of cumulative elevation gain, it provided some enjoyable exercise too.