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Hiking Year-end wrap up

2019 Wildlife Gallery

We had so much fun in 2018 putting together posts of the different species and varieties of wildlife and wildflowers we’d seen that year that we decided to do it again for 2019. While we didn’t see a lot of larger animals this year we did see a lot of pikas, frogs and toads, and a number of new birds.

In the spirit of Leave No Trace principles we do our best not to cause any distress to the wildlife we see by keeping our distance, not feeding them, and doing our best not to disturb or startle them in any way.

Starting out small-
Beetle on a blue dicks

Ladybug on a thimbleberry leaf

Beetle

Beetle in a rose

Green beetle

Green beetle

Dragon fly

Dragon fly

Bug shenanigans

Bee on showy phlox

Bumblebee on thistle

Wasp

Catapiller

Caterpillar

Wooly bear caterpillar

Millipede

Snail and a millipede

Slugs on skunk cabbage

Slug

Wolf spider

Crab spider

Spider on bluedicks

Spider fight

We didn’t see as many different moths and butterflies this year but we saw quite a few of several types.
Moth on the Boulder Lake Trail

Moth on rainiera

Blue copper

Blue copper on aster

Some sort of copper butterfly

Ruddy copper

Skipper

A skipper of some sort or a duskywing

Skipper

Buttefly on the Hertiage Trail

Butterfly on aster

Butterfly on the Tarbell Trail

Butterfly

Fritillary butterfly

Butterfly along the Wenaha River Trail

Butterfly on valerian

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Butterfly

Butterfly on stonecrop

Butterflies on aster

Butterfly

Butterfly on a flower

It was a good year for reptiles and amphibians, especially frogs and toads.
Cascade toad

Toad

Western toad at Temple Lake

Frog

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Frog on moss

Tree frog

Tadpole

Rough skinned newt on Amanda's Trail

Northern alligator lizard

Western fence lizard

Sagebrush lizard

Pygmy short horned lizard

Snake with an attitude

Water held a couple of creatures.
Crawdad

Fish in the Clackamas River

We had good luck with birds this year as well, being the one animal where we saw quite a few varieties for the first time (that we know of).
American goldfinch

Bald Eagle

Bird along the Boulder Lake Trail

Black-headed grosbeak

Bullock's Oriole

Canada geese

Chickadee

Clark's nutcracker

Duck on Monon Lake

Duck on Russ Lake

Ducks

Egret and great blue heron

Golden eagle being chased by a smaller raptor

Gray jay

Grouse

Hummingbird

Hummingbird on a mountain ash

Junco

Killdeer

Kingbird

Lazuli bunting

Lewis's woodpecker

Little bird along Trail 5

Mergansers

Merlin

Mountain chickadee

Northern flicker

Nuthatch

Osprey with Mt. Adams in the background

Ouzel at Sawmill Falls

Pied-billed grebe

Pileated woodpecker

Raven

Red breasted nuthatch

Red tailed hawk

Red-breasted sapsucker

Red-winged blackbird

Robin

Sparrow

Stellar's jay

Scrub jay

Swallow and a sparrow

Turkey

Turkey vulture

Varied thrush

White crowned sparrow

White pelicans

Wilson's snipe

Wood Ducks

Woodpecker

Wren

Yelllow rumped warbler

Yellow breasted chat

Yellow warbler

Yellow-throated warbler

Spotted towhee

Black-throated warbler

Small furry creatures included a number of our personal favorites the pika.
Pika

Chipmunk

GOlden-mantled ground squirrel

Ground squirrel

Belding's ground squirrel

Marmot

Squirrel

Rabbit

Finally the larger mamals which included the wildlife highlight of the year, watching a group of big horn sheep roughhousing on the far side of the Wenaha River canyon.
Big horn sheep

The deer near Wallowa Lake got into the roughhousing as well.
Deer in front of the Edelweiss Inn

Didn’t see many elk but these were at Zumwalt Prairie.
Elk

We spotted two coyotes in the brush at the Umatilla Wildlife Refuge. One’s head can be seen here as it was running off.
Coyote in the grass

There are still a handful of animals (that we are aware of) that we haven’t seen yet but continue to keep an eye out for. At the top of that list are cougar, bobcat, beaver, otter (Apparently there was one swimming in Crabtree Lake (post) while we were there this year but we didn’t notice it.) porcupine, wolf, and wolverine. The odds of seeing any of these are not in our favor, but they are out there and have probably seen us. Keeping an out for these and all the other animals we’ve seen or have yet to see is an additional motivation to get out and explore. Happy Trails (and tails)!

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Coastal Range Hiking Oregon Trip report

Henry Haag Lake – 9/13/2019

A cloudy forecast with a chance for showers and a weekday off during the school year provided the perfect combination to visit Henry Haag Lake. The man made lake is located in the eastern foothills of the Coastal Range near Forest Grove and would be our 92nd featured hike from Sullivan’s Oregon Coast & Coast Range guidebook. The lake tends to be crowded during the summer and on weekends from Spring to Fall. Additionally the trail around the lake reportedly gets very slick and muddy during the wet seasons so a mid-September visit seemed like a good time to minimize encountering those conditions.

After paying the $7 day use fee for Scoggins Valley Park we drove across Scoggins Dam and parked at the Elks Picnic Area Trailhead.
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There are several trailheads around the lake but we chose this one due to it being close to the park entrance and giving us an opportunity to start with the walk across the dam which we preferred to get out of the way early.

It was an overcast morning but it was free of precipitation as we began our dam walk.
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It turned out to be a fairly entertaining half mile as we were treated to several bird sightings including at least one osprey diving for fish, a kingfisher noisily flying around, and a great blue heron standing on the rocks.
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IMG_9000The osprey flying over the water (All my zoomed in tries were super blurry.)

IMG_9004The kingfisher (also fairly blurry)

IMG_8996The heron

We had been following a path on the opposite side of the guardrail from the road but had to step over it to go around a fence at the end of the dam to reach a trail marked by a post.
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The trail around Haag Lake is broken up by several road walks and parking lot crossings, but when it was trail it was often surrounded by nice forest. For example beyond the dam the trail spent just over a tenth of a mile in the forest before popping out on a road to a boat ramp and the Dam Overlook.
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The trail resumed at another post (the signage was very good all the way around the lake as long you ignore all the unmarked side trails down to the lake shore.
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For the next 1.2 miles the trail stayed in the forest before arriving at the Eagle Point Recreation Area.
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IMG_9032One of the side trails heading down to the left to the lake.

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The cloud cover was breaking already breaking up as we arrived at Eagle Point.
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After passing by an alien snag we once again entered the forest.
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The trail bowed out and around an arm of the lake. It took a little over two miles to hike around this arm.
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In the middle of the stretch was a brief stint on Scoggins Valley Road where a sign for Cedar Grove marked an abandoned section of trail.
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The current trail was a few hundred feet further along the road.
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This pattern was repeated four more times over the next 7 miles around arms at Tanner, Wall, Scoggins, and Sain Creeks. The scenery changed consistently with signs of former farmland amid the creeks and stretches of forest.
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IMG_9092Spider in the forest.

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IMG_9116Apples

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IMG_9131Deer across Scoggins Valley Road

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IMG_9153Canada geese

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IMG_9163Herons and geese at Wall Creek.

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IMG_9187Coming up to the fishing pier and Recreation Area C.

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After rounding the Sain Creek arm we entered the “dangerous” disc golf course.
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IMG_9218One of the disc golf holes.

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After passing a grassy hillside the trail entered the nicest section of forest of the day.
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About a quarter mile from the Elks Picnic Area and our car we passed the Rainbow View parking area where we had one more good look at Henry Haag Lake before finishing with a road walk back to our car.
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IMG_9245Geese and seagulls on an island.

Road walks are always hard on the feet so when we were finally done with what our GPS said was a 14 mile loop ours were really sore. The hard pavement hadn’t been the only hard surface as the trail was often also very hard. The clay that can be so slick and muddy when wet also gets very hard and packed when it’s dry. Despite the sore feet (and what seemed like unending uphill climbs, although it was only about 500′ of total elevation gain) it did turn out to be a great time for the hike. We didn’t run into anyone else using the trail all day. There were a number of folks fishing, boating and hanging out at the parking areas but that was it. With the numerous parking areas it would be easy to break this up into shorter hikes over several trips.

Happy Trails!

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Hiking Year-end wrap up

2018 Wildlife Gallery

We encountered a large variety of animals during our travels in 2018. A number of the animals we had not previously seen including a badger near Borax Springs (which we failed to get a photo of). Below is a sample of the many critters we encountered this year.

Seals in Nehalem BaySeals in Nehalem Bay

FrogTree frog – Patterson Mountain

Garter snakeGarter snake on Patterson Mountain

Crab spiderCrab spider – Lookout Creek Trail

Green beetle on the Carpenter Mountain TrailBeetle – Carpenter Mountain

ButterflyPale crescent near Macks Canyon

Gopher snakeGopher snake near Macks Canyon

Crowded thistleBeetles on thistle near Mack’s Canyon

CaterpillarCaterpillar along the Black Butte Trail

Green tailed towheeGreen tailed towhee on Black Butte

PigeonRock pigeon – Deschutes River

Merganser familyMerganser family – Deschutes River

Dragon flyDragon Fly – Deschutes River

LizardSagebrush Lizard – Deschutes River

PronghornPronghorn – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Yellow headed blackbirdsYellow headed blackbird – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Horned grebesHorned grebes – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Great horned owlGreat horned owl – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Lewis's woodpeckerLewis’s woodpecker – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

White Faced IbisWhite faced ibis – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Yellow warblerYellow warbler – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Western meadowlarkWestern meadowlark – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Bullock's orioleBullock’s oriole – Malheur Wildlife Refuge

RabbitRabbit – Jordan Craters

MarmotMarmot – Jordan Craters

ChukarChukar – Leslie Gulch

CricketCricket – Leslie Gulch

Monarch butterflyViceroy- Leslie Gulch

Swallowtail in Timber GulchSwallow tail – Leslie Gulch

CicadaCicada – Leslie Gulch

Burrowing owlBurrowing owl near Leslie Gulch

Dragon flyDragon fly – Three Forks

ButterflyFritillary butterfly – Three Forks

PheasantPheasant – Pillars of Rome

Side blotched lizardSide blotched lizard – Chalk Basin

Collard LizardCollard lizard – Chalk Basin

Sandhill CranesSandhill Cranes near Steens Mountain

Jack rabbitjack rabbit – Borax Hot Springs

Horned lizardDesert horned lizard – Alvord Desert

Long nosed leopard lizardLong nosed leopard lizard – Alvord Desert

LizardWestern Fence Lizard – Pike Creek

SwallowtailSwallow tail – Myrtle Creek

ButterflySheridan’s hairstreak – Myrtle Creek

Orange- tip ButterflyOrange-tip butterfly – Myrtle Creek

Western kingbirdWestern kingbird – Cove Palisades State Park

Cascade toadCascade toad – Browder Ridge

Gray jayGray jay – Browder Ridge

HummingbirdRufous hummingbird – Horsepasture Mountain

GrouseGrouse – Horsepasture Mountain

WrenWren – French Creek Ridge

Butterfly on stonecropCheckerspot butterfly – French Creek Ridge

ChipmunkChipmunk near Hidden Forest Cave

Pygmy short horned lizardPygmy short horned lizard near Pictograph Cave

CaterpillarsCaterpillars – Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

Fish in Little Strawberry LakeTrout – Little Strawberry Lake

Doe at Slide LakeDoe – Slide Lake

Megarhyssa nortoniMegarhyssa nortoni

Great blue heronGreat blue heron – Newport Bay

SnakeSharp-tailed snake – Newport Bay

OspreyOsprey – South Beach

PikaPika – Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

HawkNorthern goshawk – Elkhorns

HawkRed tailed hawk – Elkhorns

Mountain goats across Lower Twin LakeMountain goats – Elkhorns

Mountain goat grazing near Lower Twin LakeMountain Goat – Elkhorns

Golden-mantled ground squirrelGolden mantled ground squirrel – Elkhorns

Mourning cloakMourning cloak – Elkhorns

Beetle at Summit LakeBeetle – Summit Lake

Bee on coneflowerBumble bee – Crawfish Lake

FinchFinch – Crawfish Lake

Bald eagleBald Eagle – Waldo Lake

WoodpeckerHairy woodpecker – Rigdon Lakes

Blue copper butterflyBlue copper – Rockpile Lake

Buttefly at Carl LakeTortoiseshell butterfly – Carl Lake

Varied thrushVaried thrush – Carl Lake

Frogs on a logFrogs – Table Lake

Clarks nutcrackerClarks nutcracker – Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

OuzelOuzel – Pamelia Lake

JuncoJunco – Pamelia Lake

FrogFrog – Taylor Lake

Birds on the beachSanderlings – John Dellenback Beach

SquirrelDouglas squirrel – John Dellenback Dunes Trail

EgretGreat egret – Mud Lake

Bird at Mud LakeWilson’s snipe – Mud Lake

Elk along Elk River RoadElk on the way to Barklow Mt.

StarfishStarfish – Bandon, Oregon

CrabCrab – Bandon, Oregon

AnemonesAnemones – Bandon, Oregon

Turkey vultureTurkey Vulture – Bandon, Oregon

Seagull and a marbled godwit in the Coquile RiverSeagull and a marbled godwit in the Coquile River

Black turnstones along the North JettyBlack turnstones – North Jetty, Bandon, Oregon

PelicansBrown pelicans – Bullards Beach State Park

MinkMink – Sprague River

White pelicans and a seagullWhite pelicans – Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Snowy egret at Tule Lake National Wildlife RefugeSnowy egret – Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Stellars jayStellar’s jay – Fish Lake

MuskratMuskrat – Lake of the Woods

Dragon flyDragon fly – Lake of the Woods

GeeseCanada geese – Lake of the Woods

CaterpillarCaterpillar – Lake of the Woods

CormorantsCormorants – Link River

American cootsAmerican coots – Link River

MallardsMallards – Pond near Lake Ewauna

Northern shovelerNorthern shovler – Pond near Lake Ewauna

Northern flickerNorthern flicker – Link River Trail

Scrub jayScrub jay – Link River Trail

Western grebeWestern grebe – Link River

Hooded mergansersHooded mergansers – Link River

BuffleheadsBuffleheads – Siltcoos Lake

Rough skinned newtRough skinned newt – Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

SparrowSparrow – Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Anna's hummingbirdAnna’s hummingbird – Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Ring-necked ducksRing-necked ducks – Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Spotted towheeSpotted towhee – Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

That’s a pretty good sample of the different wildlife we spotted this year, but we still often wonder how much wildlife we don’t notice on our hikes. Happy Trails!