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A nice day in mid-August made a good excuse to travel to the Clatsop State Forest on the west side of the Coastal Mountains.
I had heard Oregon fish hatcheries were finally open again. They had been closed to the public since the beginning of the Covid pandemic.
I had heard right. The Oregon Fish Hatchery on the North Fork Nehalem River was open. I took the short, but pretty hike to 35-foot Umbrella Falls.
To my surprise, the falls wasn’t much more than a trickle. I’m used to seeing it in the springtime when the waterfall is much larger. For your comparison, I included a photo of the waterfalls from a previous hike taken in late spring.
Still, it made for a nice outing. There were some colorful wildflowers and berries to see.
Fireweed, Orange Balsam and summer berry