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Dragonfly Watch and Wetlands/Riverside Walk

3-4 miles of walking on mostly flat or gently rolling terrain, some of it on boardwalk or paved trail.
Driving time from Portland: slightly under 1 hour

The 10 AM departure time is an experiment as I suspect we'll see more dragonflies the later in the day we watch.  So, we'll do the same site twice--beginning and end of the trip.

Join me to participate in Xerces Society's Dragonfly Pond Watch exploring the Wetland Trail. We'll watch quietly, photograph and otherwise record what we see--or don't see so please download the data sheet:

The Wetland 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 find the .75 mile Cascade Streamwatch Trail with its underwater viewing area. We may explore the Old Mill Trail as well as other short trails at the site. Then, we'll end with another dragonfly watch on the boardwalk.  Expect to spend some quiet, meditative time in a peaceful setting.

Download and read the brochure at:

And maybe do some extra research so that you can share your expertise too.

Dress in quick-drying layers--no jeans or other cotton. Bring lunch, water, rain gear,  and the Updated Ten Essential "Systems" for safe hiking. You may also want to bring a bathing suit and sandals for a swim or wade in the river if its hot.

Consider bringing camera and 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 and to chip in for the $5.00 entry fee--unless you have a NW Forest Pass.

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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  • Paula B.

    Will never look at a dragonfly again with so little regard. Incredible creatures. The salmon river walk was relaxing and fun. Easy walk and stroll for all ages. Also enjoyed identification of berries, trees, and even newts and salamanders!

    August 5, 2013

  • Jeanette

    was not feeling great last night and went to bed before 9 pm and just woke up at 9am! have not slept that long in years but now will have to miss out today. Have a great hike. It was a lot of fun last time looking for the dragonflies.

    August 4, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Please be at Gateway BEFORE 10 AM for a 10 AM departure time. I hope to be back by 3 PM in order to attend the annual B-B-Q for Jeff Merkley, this year at the World Forestry Center. Please tell friends about this trip!

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone confirm that the meeting place is NE 99 Ave? I'm new in town.

    August 3, 2013

    • Mary V.

      Yes! the Gateway Transit Center is on NE 99th Ave., immediately off I-84. Take the exit that is just after the I-205 exit and stay to the right for 99th. I guess that corner is NE 99th & Multnomah, but I've never noticed the sign for Multnomah.

      August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was there last weekend, there were dragonflys flying about. It's a beautiful park!

    July 29, 2013

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