Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

October 21, 2008

Cascade Head Trail Hike near Lincoln City Oregon

Filed under: Hiking — rmay4 @ 6:32 am
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http://www.oregon.com/hiking/cascade_head.cfm

http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/menasha/60hikes_portland_3.htm

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGW269-016

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/recreation/tripplanning/tillnewp/trails/cascadehead1310.shtml

http://www.katu.com/news/7677042.html

http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/oregon/preserves/art6796.html

Coastal hike: We’ll start at the south end of the Cascade Head Trail just north of Lincoln City, and hike 6.5 miles through old-growth experimental forest established in 1934. We’ll be traversing wetlands replete with false hellebore, oxalis, and cattails, then climbing through awe-inspiring old-growth Douglas fir and Sitka spruce; the trees are truly huge! Occasional stumps, snags, and trunks bear scars from a stand-replacement fire that burned much of the northern Coast Range in the 1840’s. After a brief stroll along the ridge crest, the path drops gradually through a somewhat denser stand of fir, spruce, and bigleaf maple. The trail follows a creek closely for the last half-mile; we’ll place a shuttle car at the north end of it. Total elevation gain: 1200 feet. Difficulty: Moderate. Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Dogs can be off-leash, but should be well-behaved and on voice command. Northwest Forest Pass required for drivers’ cars.

I have done this trail with a group of Boy Scouts and it was a blast.  There is great scenery and over-looks.  Cars can not park at the north end over-night.  Since we wanted to camp on the trail over night, it required an extra driver to drop or shuttle or in our case, someone willing to start on the south end and hike in to meet us.  Great hike!  It is a good hike with kids and the inexperienced.

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