New opportunities to get into the North Coast State Forests

The North Coast State Forest Coalition is hosting a series of field trips in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. Anyone interested in the state forests and the role they play in the local economy and ecosystem is invited to attend.

Hike Kings Mountain and Elk Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest, Sunday, May 19th – Kings Mountain offers some of the best views of any hike in the Oregon Coast Range. Climbing 2,500 ft in under 3 miles. The hike is difficult and, when wet, can be slick and muddy. Hikers must be experienced and in decent shape. On a clear day, hikers can see Mt. Hood to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West. The return will be made via the Elk Mountain Loop. We’ll arrange a carpool and provide snacks for this adventure.

For more information, or to register, please email NCSFC Organizer Chris Smith.

View from Kings Mountain

View from Kings Mountain

Spruce Run Hike, Sunday, May 19th – A great hike that runs along Spruce Creek to Spruce Lake. 5 miles round trip, moderately difficult. This creek is part of a proposed conservation area! Meet at the intersection of HWY 26 and Lower Nehalem Road near Milepost 20. 1 hour drive from Portland, 1 hour drive from Astoria.

Carpools will be available from Astoria, and possibly beyond depending on interest. To sign up or ask questions, contact Pearl Rasmussen at 503 338 8933 or rasmussenpearl@gmail.com

Family Friendly Hike along the Wilson River, Sunday, May 26th – The Wilson River provides some of the most accessible recreation opportunities in the Tillamook and Clatsop forests. Join us for a leisurely 3.5 mile stroll along the Wilson River Trail between Jones Creek and the Footbridge Trailhead. We will be making a stop at the Tillamook Forest Center on the way. Along with experiencing the natural beauty of the Wilson River, attendees will learn about the North Coast State Forest Coalition’s conservation efforts in these forests as we enjoy a picnic after our walk.

For more information, or to register, please email NCSFC Organizer Chris Smith.

The Wilson River

The Wilson River

Photo Outing, Buster Creek, Sunday, May 26th – Learn about nature photography with Michael Granger in a scenic forest setting. The Buster Creek Terrestrial Anchor is a proposed Conservation Area in the Clatsop State Forest. Come see why this place is so special and learn skills for capturing that essence on camera. The excursion will be a drive on forest roads with several stops at sites with different visual appeal including young and old trees, streams, bridges, clearcuts, and viewpoints. Michael is the owner of Lightbox Photographic in Astoria. He specializes in forest photography an helps people to explore their passion and vision through photography and printing. All photography skill levels are welcome! The journey will involve some easy walking.

Meet at the Elderberry Inn a little under an hour drive from Astoria on Highway 26 for coffee and a brief talk about the excursion at 10:30 am.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Pearl Rasmussen at 503-338-8933 or rasmussenpearl@gmail.com.

Edible Wild Plant Hike, Saturday, June 15th – Venture into the woods with a edible plant expert and learn about how to harvest food and herbs from the forest! Location will be in a proposed Conservation Area in the Clatsop State Forest Carpools will be available from Astoria and possibly beyond depending on interest.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Pearl Rasmussen at 503-338-8933 or rasmussenpearl@gmail.com.

Photo Outing, Plympton Creek, Sunday, June 23rd – 

Learn about nature photography with Michael Granger in a scenic forest setting. The Buster Creek Terrestrial Anchor is a proposed Conservation Area in the Clatsop State Forest. Come see why this place is so special and learn skills for capturing that essence on camera. The excursion will be a drive on forest roads with several stops at sites with different visual appeal including young and old trees, streams, bridges, clearcuts, and viewpoints. Michael is the owner of Lightbox Photographic in Astoria. He specializes in forest photography an helps people to explore their passion and vision through photography and printing. All photography skill levels are welcome! The journey will involve some easy walking.

Meet at the Berry Patch Restaurant in Westport for a cup of coffee and brief talk about the excursion at 10:30 am.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Pearl Rasmussen at 503-338-8933 or rasmussenpearl@gmail.com.

Cross-Country Trek Across Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor, Tuesday, July 2nd – This trip is for those unable to join our weekend outings and willing to do some serious cross-country hiking. The Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor is over 5,000 acres of important forest wildlife habitat just north of the old Salmonberry Railroad. We will explore this area, its flora and fauna, discuss what makes it a crucial habitat area, and enjoy a day convening with nature.

For more information, or to register, please email NCSFC Organizer Chris Smith.

Sunset at Cedar Butte, Wednesday, July 24th – The Cedar Butte Trail is a short but difficult hike to a beautiful panoramic in the Tillamook State Forest. The view includes significant acreage of High Value Conservation Area to the West. We will make the trip after work in the evening to catch sunset over the Pacific before descending at dusk.

For more information, or to register, please email NCSFC Organizer Chris Smith.

Looking East from Cedar Butte

Looking East from Cedar Butte

Please visit forestlegacy.org to learn more and be sure to “like” us on Facebook!

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