|Saturated, mossy trailway in the Molalla River corridor|
Around Fern Creek, a recent tree thinning operation has opened up the forest. Except for the black rings on the forest floor from recent slash burning, this area offers a pleasantly scenic hike.
Deer Skull, Rim, Huckleberry, Elk Run, Fern Creek, Bobcat and Bear Woods are
only a few of the numerous walkways. Some of these trails and old logging roads
are so near each other they can be seen for quite a distance from another
|Spindly, moss laden trees bent in arches|
After a few days of persistent rain, the woods were saturated. Moss-laden limbs stuck out from the largest of trees, while others bent under the weight of the clinging carpet of green.
I like to
enter the low elevation forests of the old Cascades now and then, because they
remind me of the forest I grew up with during my childhood. Big ferns growing
in large groves; firs, hemlocks, cedars and maples and small streams throughout
the Molalla River corridor remind me of those days. Playing hide-and-go-seek
among the ferns, climbing trees and building forts in trees and in ground
depressions where large trees had been uprooted was all part of growing up in
|A tree I call The Centipede Tree in the |
Molalla River corridor