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At times I’m truly amazed at the diversity of beauty in the Portland area. In mid-March 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. But, it was just several weeks too early for the flora and fauna extravaganza to begin in earnest.
To make matters interesting though, it was early trout season on the Lake. In previous years there would have been literally hundreds of people in boats or lining the shore in places. But, thanks to the coronavirus, there were only a few dozen to be seen. As fun, I’m always on the lookout for Trout Fishing in America Shorty.
To my surprise I was the only person doing the hike around the Lake, although I ran into a few mountain bikers. There was quite a bit of mud on the trail in places.
Still, it was a pleasant way to spend six hours of exercise on a sunny day.
Stream Violet, Toothworts, Wild Cherry blossoms and Indian Plum
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