Dragonfly Watch and Boulder Ridge Trail

4.6 miles round trip to viewpoint
1400' elevation change
Driving time from Portland: slightly under 1 hour

Join me to participate in Xerces Society's Dragonfly Pond Watch exploring the wetland at the start of this hike. We'll take 20 minutes on either end of this trip to watch quietly, photograph and otherwise record what we see--or don't see.

The trail starts out by crossing a 300' bridge over the "Wild & Scenic" Salmon River and then .3 mile through a mossy riverside forest in the Wildwood Recreation area. Then we'll climb 2.3 miles up Boulder Ridge to an impressive view across ZigZag Mountain to Mt. Hood.

If no one else signs up for this late notice trip, I may go a bit further up Boulder Ridge--possibly to the juncture with the Plaza Trail to Huckleberry Mountain.

As is common on my hikes, share your knowledge of local natural or cultural history--so do some homework--e.g., read up on the Xerces Society Dragonfly Pond Watch and even download the monitoring form.

Dress in quick-drying layers--no jeans or other cotton. Bring lunch, water, rain gear,  and the Updated Ten Essential "Systems" for safe hiking.

  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Consider bringing binoculars for dragonfly-watching. Bring money for drivers, $2-3 voluntary donation for Sierra Club's Leader Training program.  It's about an 80 mi. RT from Portland, so expect to pay about $8.00/person to your driver.

Dogs are not allowed--except for service dogs. If you have a burning question, it is best to call Mary at[masked] (land line) with questions.

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  • Jeanette

    Love the Snake photo.
    The batteries are not mine either.

    June 24, 2013

  • Donna

    Very nice to meet everyone and thank you Jeanette for sharing the pictures. A good reminder to slow down and appreciate the smaller things we run across and many times just ignore.

    I did end up with a small (1"x1-1/2"x1/2") black Lumix battery in the back seat of my car. Dara or Jeanette maybe? Let me know & we'll figure out a way to get it back to you.

    June 24, 2013

    • dara

      Not mine. I've got my camera. Maybe it's Marys

      June 24, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Thanks for an informative and delicious hike. Never knew so many plants where editable along the trail.

    June 23, 2013

    • dara

      Jeanette, you took beautiful photos! Tiger lily photo fabulous. Thanks for posting them

      1 · June 23, 2013

    • Mary V.

      Yes! Great photos--each of them! I got at least one photo of each of you and will post them soon.

      June 23, 2013

  • Mary V.

    What a fabulous group we had this time! First, everyone showed up--even though it was a day of uncertain weather. Everyone was into the Dragonfly Watch and otherwise interested in the many things we saw along the trail! I'm still trying to find an easy way to upload my photos from i-Photo w/o downloading them to my desktop first. Jeanette caught many of the special creatures we saw--at least half a dozen garter snakes, a muskrat, several rough-skinned newts, orange-spotted millipedes, burgundy beetles, red-winged blackbirds, Pacific wrens, lots of Western hemlocks and Western red cedars and red elederberries.

    June 23, 2013

  • dara

    Wow, gorgeous wetlands teeming with life. I loved learning about all the little flowers along the way, and sharing the beauty with everyone.

    June 23, 2013

  • Jeanette

    My printer is not working. If you happen to log on this morning and read this could someone print an extra data sheet for me? Thanks.

    June 23, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Accuweather forecast for tomorrow:
    Day
    NESW SSE 4 mph
    Gusts: 8 mph
    Mostly cloudy and not as warm with spotty showers 72 high OPB just said chance of rain showers in the afternoon, upper 70s to 80
    In the past 15 years, it has not rained more than 10-15 minutes on my trips--lightly refreshing things. So come!

    June 22, 2013

    • mark

      I'll be there, Had a long bike ride so probably won't be up to extra miles. I plan to be at Gateway early to buy food at Fred Meyer. See you then, will need to carpool as always.

      June 22, 2013

  • Jessica

    I wish I could attend but I've already got plans. : (

    June 21, 2013

  • mark

    sounds like fun. chance of rain. I will cancel if rained out

    June 21, 2013

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