Yet Again…The Forest (Oregon) 06-Jan-2022

We were down here three years before we did our first hike in Jacksonville Forest Park. Maybe because there were so many other “bigger” hikes to do first. Maybe because we were being hiking snobs – as in: it’s just a “local” park with “short” hikes. 🙄 Well, that first hike soon blossomed into a love affair 🥰 with this little park which sees us going back there many times a year in all seasons. The trails always go to the same places but the scenery constantly changes. Water flows (or not), leaves flourish or fall, wildflowers appear, mushrooms erupt or rot, views are there (or not), critters come and go. It has become a place of both wonder and refuge. To say it has been an godsend during the recent plague years would be a vast understatement.

And so, with yet another winter of discontent enveloping us, we again sought solace in the Forest. The exuberant rain and snow storms of recent days have given (seasonal) life to it’s little creeks and cascades. So we looked for those, along with little bits and pieces on the forest floor. In was, in many ways (but not all), a repeat of the first hike we’d done here in 2021. Today’s hike was its usual restorative self. We just wish that 2022 was getting on with being better than its predecessors. 🤔

Jackson Creek
Madrone
Madrone berries on moss
Water I *
Water II
Water III
A spot of mushroom color
Water IV
Granite Falls (tallest in the park)
Granite Falls as droplets
Water V
Lichen
Water VI
Snow along the high point (3,040 ft / 927 m) of the Pipsissewa Trail
Madrone
Tree moss close-up
A view to the east
Canyon Falls on Jackson Creek
Canyon Falls
The old weir in Jackson Creek
The weir
The leaves have fallen
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6 thoughts on “Yet Again…The Forest (Oregon) 06-Jan-2022

  1. Thanks! I usually provide a map when it’s not one of the usual / familiar hikes. I thought about including .gpx files but WordPress doesn’t support that file type.

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  2. Love your pictures. Also enjoy your gps track maps when you provide them.

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  3. I was surprised how much snow – after warming temps and some low altitude rain – was still left on the trails – particularly in some of the shadier, deeper canyons.

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  4. I finally discovered it in 2021 and it has become one of my favorite hiking spots. I was there on the 2nd and there was quite a bit of snow on all the trails and water in the wetlands – spectacular!

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