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.
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- 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.