Lush, Old-growth Rain Forest

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Goat Creek

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.

Stretch of upper trail

One of many small creeks crossing the trail

Rocky portion of lower trail (many Licorice Ferns lining the trail)

Old growth rain forest

Salmon River

Into the Wilderness

After 3 1/2 miles I was the only person who had been on the trail since the last snowfall

Classic old growth forest (always lots of fuel loading)

Nice overlook of the Salmon River Canyon

Sunlight highlighting the Witch’s Hair Lichen

Tributary Creek (taken in the fall on a previous hike)


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  1. Nice photos, John. I especially like the one of the lichen.

  2. Lovely. The lush green is surreal and reminds me of some treks I made in Germany. Lovely. Keeping this one in mind for when we visit.

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