Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

May 21, 2008

Spruce Run Lake and Lost Lake Map

Spruce Run Lake USGS Elsie Quad, Oregon, Topographic Map

Spruce Run Lake is a Lake in the state of Oregon (county of Clatsop), located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 45.81817 and W -123.5704. Spruce Run Lake is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Elsie quad.

This area has camp grounds, hiking and backpacking trails as well as canoeing adn fishing. Bloom Lake is not on this map but is in this area and can be part of an outing aas well.

There is both flatwater and white water paddling available in this area.

Lost Lake is located at:

Clatsop County Oregon
Feature Type: Lake
Latitude: 45.8240
Longitude: -123.5790
Elevation: 1476 ft (450 m)

Compared with Spruce Run Lake at:

Feature Type: Lake
Latitude: 45.8182
Longitude: -123.5704
Elevation: 1020 ft (311 m)

There seems to be a Creek Pond in this same area.  I believe there is some overlap and am going to research this more.


May 20, 2008

Nehalem River: Spruce Run County Park to Nehalem Falls

Filed under: Camping,Canoeing,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 2:28 am
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Preview: The Nehalem River flows westward from the northern Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean, and is among the largest rivers in the Coast Range. In earlier times many logs were floated down the Nehalem from the lush forests where they were cut. The terrain along the river is rugged, with very few inhabitants, and in places the hills rise 1200 feet above the river. One freight train per day still makes the round trip from Portland to Tillamook on the coast, following a 1910 route along the Salmonberry and Nehalem Rivers. Character: forested.

© Copyright Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club Published by The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Campground Name: Spruce Run

Administered by National Forest / Park/ State: Oregon

Specific Agency: State Agency

Directions to Spruce Run: From Jct of US-26 & Spruce Run Rd, S 5 mi on Spruce Run Rd (E)

Camping Season: May 15 to Sep 15 (As the season may vary from year-to-year and based on conditions please check before visiting)

Number and Type of Campsites: Available: 30 Gravel: 30 10 pull-thrus(15 x 40) Back-ins(15 x 35) Mostly shaded Room for slide outs

Other Features and Amenities: Restrooms Only Firewood Handicap Access Table at Site

Internet and Wireless Access: no

Contact Information and Reservations:
Telephone: 503-325-9306
If no email is available additional information can be found at the State Agency Website


Spruce Run County Park to Nehalem Falls


Nehalem River

Main River:

Nehalem River



Nearest Town:




Recommended Levels:

2,000 – 8,000 CFS


14 miles

Number of Portages:



16 FPM



Current Conditions (Source: USGS)










02/28 01:00


- Put-in is at Spruce Run County Park.
- A mile below is put-in is Little Falls, the first major rapid. Consists of several 2 to 4 ft ledges.
- Biggest rapid is Salmonberry Drop, near where the Salmonberry River joins in from the left. Scout this rapid.
- Take-out is at Nehalem Falls Park (above Nehalem Falls rapids).
- Class 3-4 Nehalem Falls (located below the normal take-out) can be run at flows of 5,000 cfs and more, but should be scouted.For more details, check out "Soggy Sneakers," a guide to paddling Oregon by the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club, or "Paddling Oregon," by Robb Keller. If you would like to submit information on this run, email info@wetdawg.com.

Forested and remote

Little Falls, located one mile below the put-in, should be scouted at low water. Salmonberry Drop, located just after mile 8, is the largest rapids on the run and should always be scouted. Nehalem Falls becomes unrunnable below 5,000 cfs and should be scouted.

TAKE-OUT: Nehalem Falls Park. Follow the road as it parallels along the river. If you run Nehalem Falls, the alternate take-out is at the bridge, .5 miles downstream.PUT-IN:
Spruce Run County Park. Take US 26 west from Portland to the Nehalem River, 5 miles west of the highway summit. Two miles farther, is Elsie. Take the road south. Spruce Run County Park is approximately 6 miles past the turnoff.


Spruce Run County Park


I like this site…

Saddle Mountain State Park

Filed under: Camping,Hiking,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 1:50 am
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(Updated 6.2.10 – This still reigns as one of our all time favorite hikes and memories)

State Park Overview:

We did this trail late one afternoon and had a cup of fresh coffee while watching the clouds roll in below us and fill in all the valleys leaving us and only a few peaks showing through.  As the sun began to set, it cast a colorful glow and then the view became magical. It appeared to be rolling wet waves of fire as the dark red rays of sun set illuminated the thick cloud cover below us. The hike back down in the dark could have been better as we decended down into the cloud bank that looked so asesome before,quickly became damp, wet and dark.  But still to this day, my kids then 8 and 11, remember this as their most memorable and awesome trip ever and is a motivating memory to encourage them to get out again.  Don’t miss it.  If you don’t like the trip, I reccomend it again, give is second chance.  It has great potential.  It would be an early sunrise hike also I think.

Two and a half miles. That’s all it is from the parking lot (elev. 1,650′) to the summit of Saddle Mountain (elev. 3,283′). Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described … it must be experienced.

The trip to the top isn’t an everyday stroll through the woods, though. Come prepared with water and layer your clothing. The temperature is very different at the summit than in the parking lot. Wear appropriate shoes for rough terrain and be prepared for some steep grades, which make for interesting climbing. A nice walking stick and friend’s hand would be helpful in many areas. As you climb, though, remember to look up and out at the landscape before you. Also look down at the wild floral show that may only exist at that elevation. Take frequent breaks and enjoy this unique landscape as well as the beauty of the forest below you.

Council Crest

Filed under: Hiking,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 12:50 am
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Name another U.S. city where you can sit sipping a latte downtown and three minutes later be walking through old-growth forest on your way to a five-mountain view.

Can’t, huh?

So now you know why showing off Portland to out-of-towners is a slam dunk.

Here’s the plan for your summer visitors. Take ’em toStarbucks at heart-of-Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square. Fuel up with a muffm and a mocha grande. Then take a quick drive up Southwest Broadway to Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard, swing onto Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road and take the first right past the Carnival restaurant to Marquam Nature Park’s base camp one (OK, it’s a parking lot).

Here you’ll find an open-air nature center and, a few yards away, a short paved road that leads uphill to the trailhead. From here, it’s a gradual-to-moderate climb – all dirt trail – to Council Crest, the Rose City‘s highest point at 1,070 feet.

Walk one minute on this trail and the sounds of traffic vanish, replaced by occasional bird songs in an otherwise sylvan-silent world of wooded hillsides and deep, fern-filled canyons sprouting ancient fir and alder, Western hemlock and bigleaf maple. June is a great time to take this hike: New growth is everywhere, and you find yourself surrounded by leaves and fronds and needles in surreal Day-Glo green.

En route are small streams to cross; leaf-filtered decks and picture windows of high-end hillside homes to peek at; and, near the summit, a series of woodsy switch-backs that ultimately deposit you at the top, where the oh-wow-there’s- nothing-like-this-in-Wichita views are eye-popping.

Pick a blue-sky day for your walk, and you get to gawk at five mountains: majestic Hood, sheared St. Helens, distant Rainier, Adams and Jefferson. All are identified by brass plaques within the brick-walled viewing circle. Stand in the center, recite the names of the peaks, and see how funny your voice sounds (don’t ask me).

To the east are Rocky Butte and Mount Tabor, to the west sprawling Beaverton with the gray-green spine of the Coast Range beyond. Magnificent. Just hope your company isn’t inspired enough to move here.

Stuff a day pack with lunch, maybe a book, and hang out at the top for an hour. If it’s sunny, lay out lizard-like on Council Crest’s wide, grassy crown before slipping back into the forest and heading down.

  • ABILITY: Probably intermediate. The overall altitude gain is about 900 feet; the effort required is moderate, though there are plenty of rest stops.
  • DISTANCE: About 1.8 miles to the top.
  • FOOTWEAR: Running/tennis shoes, light day-hike boots. No flip-flops (though I’ve seen people wearing them on this trail) or loafers.
  • TIME: Figure 35 to 50 minutes each way.
  • SIGHTS: Deep woods, ravines, ferns and flowers, 100-mile vistas.
  • MOOD BREAKERS: The route is briefly disrupted by Southwest Sherwood Drive, Southwest Fairmont Boulevard and Southwest Greenway Avenue, all of which you need to cross to pick up the well-marked trail.
  • WIMP OPTION: You can leave a car atop Council Crest if you don’t want to walk back.
  • PROVISIONS: Water fountains at bottom and top. Fill a day pack with crusty sourdough, cheese, a bottle of mineral water and three Milky Way Lites.
  • INFORMATION: There’s a large map of the 40-Mile Loop trail system, of which this hike is but one lovely link, along with flora/fauna facts and photos at the nature center adjacent to the parking lot.
  • THE SUMMIT IN PREVIOUS LIVES: A city park today, Council Crest was a pre-Lewis and Clark meeting place for Native American tribal councils and an amusement park from the decade preceding World War I through the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929.




Camp 18 to Saddle Mountain

Filed under: Activities,Adventures,Backpacking,Boy Scouts,Family,Hiking,Travel — rmay4 @ 12:42 am

“Never climb in the saddle on an empty stomach.” It’s one of the adages in the West and certainly applies to climbing into Saddle Mountain State Park in Oregon‘s northern Coast Range.

Without the appropriate morning nourishment, the three-mile ascent promises to make you weak in the knees long before those staggering views come into view. Luckily for the hungry hiker, Camp 18, 60 miles west of Portland, stands as a true Western pit stop, where you can throw on one serious feedbag at the doorstop to Saddle Mountain.

Camp 18’s sprawling restaurant/museum is dedicated to preserving relics of Oregon‘s early logging days. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, it lays out a buffet spread that pays tribute to Paul Bunyanesque logger appetites of distant lore. Because of its popularity, there is sometimes a wait, but this offers the perfect chance to wander around the grounds checking out the array of early logging machinery and numerous chain-saw carvings.

Once you hear your name called on the loudspeaker, head inside and don’t be surprised if you have a critter of some sort for company at the table. The massive log cabin is a Grizzly Adams daydream, complete with stuffed cougars, numerous wall-hung elk heads, chandeliers made wholly of antlers, a giant fireplace, and the scent of mammoth portions of piping hot food and black coffee.

One warning: Bring your appetite. Just looking at the many items on the buffet table, including salads, fruit, waffles, breads, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, prime rib and assorted casseroles, is enough to make you full. At $11.95 the smorgasbord is a bargain only if you’re really ready to chow down. Fortunately, those hesitant to take on the lumberjack portions can order anything from fruit-topped waffles with fresh whipped cream to grilled rainbow trout in single-serving sizes at reasonable prices.

On the way out, make sure to pack one of the tree-trunk-size Camp 18 cinnamon rolls for a perfect snack after reaching the summit.

Three miles up

Which returns to the point. Don’t forget when reaching for that second helping of bacon and waffles that you’re here for a hike. Fortunately for those of us who tend to overindulge, behind the restaurant is a short trail that meanders along Humbug Creek, a good spot to warm up your legs while digesting that irresistible last biscuit.

The entrance to Saddle Mountain State Park is only a few miles west on U.S. 26. Turn right at the entrance and follow the rough pavement steadily upward until you reach the parking lot and trailhead at the end of the road. Get out of your car and look up. Yep, that’s where you’re headed, and yes, those specks are people.

Saddle Mountain offers unrivaled 360-degree views from its barren peak in the Coast Range. The reason to get this hike in sooner rather than later is that it collects more than 120 inches of annual rainfall, and from November to May the mountain is usually enveloped in thick gray clouds rising from the coast.

The full ascent is three miles, but the diversity makes for an interesting hike. Give yourself four to five hours for the full hike, taking in the scenery along the trail and stopping at the top for a snack and some time to just soak in the view.

The trail emerges from dense spruce and hemlock forest into dry meadow at the summit this time of year. Along the way, watch for the numerous basalt outcroppings formed from lava flows over the past 20 million years. Though the peak growing season is past, wildflowers and berries can still be found along the trails.

On a clear day, the view from the summit includes the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Columbia River, the Astoria Bridge and the distant Olympic Range to the north. To the east, the looming white peaks of mounts Rainier, St. Helens, Adams and Hood jut skyward. Closer sites in the surrounding valleys show the recent scars of wide-scale logging to the east, and the forest to the west is on the rebound from logging in the 1920s and fires in the ’30s.

From here, it’s all downhill, but pay careful attention to staying on the trail at all times because of the wear and tear of a season’s use and the fragility of the mountain’s many rare plant species.

And if you find yourself a little peckish from all that exertion, Camp 18’s on the way home, andre it’s surely working up something hearty for dinner.

  • WHAT: Camp 18 for Sunday buffet, followed by a trek up Saddle Mountain
  • GETTING THERE: Camp 18 is 60 miles west of Portland on U.S. 26 at milepost 18. The entrance to Saddle Mountain State Park issix more miles west. Take a right off U.S. 26 at the sign for Saddle Mountain and follow the sometimes rough and potholed paved road seven miles to parking.
  • FOOD: Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum serves its Sunday buffet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. until Thanksgiving. Restaurant hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, dinner 4-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays. Reservations for parties of 10 or more.
  • THE HIKE: A three-mile ascent broken up by a diverse landscape and numerous viewpoints. Six-mile round trip requires a moderate to good fitness level, but the hike is easily adapted for shorter, less strenuous outings for all levels.
  • WHAT TO WEAR: Hard-soled hiking boots for sometimes rough and unstable trail conditions. Pack a windbreaker for the often-gusty summit. Though the peak, at 3,283 feet, is not high enough for a drastic temperature change, layer clothing if you go on a cool day.
  • WHAT TO PACK: An appetite, a sense of adventure and a pair of binoculars


Filed under: Backpacking,Camping,Canoeing — rmay4 @ 12:26 am
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Welcome to author William L. Sullivan’s favorite Oregon places — more than 270 places to hike, camp, ski, snowshoe, bike, raft, canoe, kayak, and climb.

I have not gone through all of this site but it looks pretty good so far.  Take a look for yourself.

All roads lead to adventure on the Nehalem River

Filed under: Backpacking,Camping,Canoeing — rmay4 @ 12:25 am
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A campground set amid an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, cedar, spruce and hemlock awaits visitors who make their way to a beautiful location in the Tillamook State Forest, about 10 miles inland from Manzanita on the Oregon coast.

Main attraction: The Nehalem River Road, mostly paved but gravel in places, follows its namesake’s curves as the river flows through the Coast Range to empty in Nehalem Bay. The Nehalem Falls campground has 14 drive-in campsites, not a lot for a summer weekend but usually enough for other days. Campers who can’t find a spot head north on the river road to Clatsop County‘s Spruce Run Park, or pitch a tent in an undeveloped site along the river.

Trails/users: Nehalem Falls campground has one mile of trail that loops through the old trees, never far from the river’s beautiful pools. For more hiking, look for the parking area at the Salmonberry River, eight miles north of the campground. Hikers can walk the lightly used railroad tracks upriver into one of the wilder parts of the Coast Range. Be cautious because freight and excursion trains occasionally use the tracks.

Season: Nehalem River Road is open all year. Busiest times are whenever the salmon and steelhead are running. Hot summer days bring out swimmers, while the golden leaves of fall have their own beauty. The campground is open May 1 through September.

Getting there: Nehalem River Road connects U.S. 26 near Elsie with U.S. 101 near Mohler. Finding the north entrance is a bit tricky when hurrying along at 55 mph. The turnoff is in the Coast Range, east of Oregon 53 (the cutoff highway between U.S. 26 and Manzanita).

When driving west from Portland, look for the Nehalem River Road‘s north entrance at milepost 20.4, about 55 miles west of the city. When driving east from Seaside, the turnoff comes at milepost 19.8. Due to sharp curves and limited visibility, each traveling direction has its own approach. If you miss the turn when heading west (it comes up very fast), continue driving west one mile to the Elsie restaurant, then turn around.

Mileposts are measured from the U.S. 26-U.S. 101 junction at the coast.

Nehalem Falls campground is 20 miles south of U.S. 26.

To reach the southern end of the Nehalem River Road, drive north on U.S. 101 from Wheeler for a half mile. Turn right on Oregon 53 toward Mohler. At 1.3 miles from U.S. 101, turn right, drive 0.9 miles, then turn left on Foss Road. Nehalem Falls campground is seven miles north.

Trail tips: Anyone who plans to spend much time in the Tillamook State Forest should have a copy of the Tillamook State Forest Visitor Map and Guide, along with the book “50 Hikes in the Tillamook State Forest” by the Sierra Club.

Cost: Day recreation is free in the Tillamook State Forest. The map sells for $6 from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the book for $14.95 (plus shipping) from the Columbia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Camping is $10 per night.

Information: Oregon Department of Forestry, Forest Grove, 503-357-2191, or http://www.odf.state.or.us

May 9, 2008

The Electric BMW iSetta is on its way!!!

Filed under: Electric Vehicles — rmay4 @ 7:58 am

New hints that all-electric BMW iSetta is on the way

From user omolody on Flickr.

We’ve seen the renderings – some fanciful, like the ones above, some unsurprising – and heard the rumors about the new all-electric BMW/iSetta vehicle. If we trust the phrasing in a short story in Global Insight (no direct link, sorry; found the story in Lexis Nexis thanks to the EDTA), then we can celebrate a new development at BMW. The story, written by Tim Urquhart, starts, “BMW will give the green light to an all-new zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) city car that will see the premium carmaker enter an all-new segment.” This fits with the news that came out about a month ago that said that a decision would be made sometime this year. The new EV – which might be called the iSetta or potentially co-branded (?) with Smart – will likely have li-ion batteries. We’re ready for some official confirmation on this one, don’t you think?

[Source: Global Insight via EDTA]

Phoenix Motorcars to use Electrovaya batteries?

Filed under: Electric Vehicles — rmay4 @ 7:56 am

In an interesting twist to the saga that is the development of the Phoenix Motorcars electric SUT & SUV program comes news that they are now partnering with a Canadian battery maker. In a press release from that company, Electrovaya says that they are now negotiating an arrangement with Phoenix and have already begun the work of integrating their proprietary Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® battery along with its intelligent battery management system (“iBMS”).

Phoenix Motorcars President and CEO, Daniel J. Elliot is quoted by the release as saying, “We are pleased to have Electrovaya join forces with us, and we are excited to be working with their team and their advanced technologies. Electrovaya’s innovative Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® battery technology stands apart from its peers as a platform, chemistry agnostic technology. Electrovaya’s systems expertise and design experience provide what we need in terms of battery performance.” Hmm. That strikes us as possibly being in conflict with a statement made by the CEO a couple months ago in a different press release which can still be found on the Phoenix Motorcars website. And we quote, “We wholeheartedly support Altairnano’s technology and believe they provide the greatest product available on the market today.” Altairnano being the company that has been trumpeted as the supplier of their battery of choice for some time now, we wonder if a similar fate has befallen them as has their original motor supplier, UQM. Or perhaps Phoenix plans on utilizing the power packs from both companies. We shall try to get the straight dope and let your enquiring minds know but in the mean time go ahead and read the available details in the press release after the break.

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