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: http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Dragonfly_Pond_Watch_data_sheet_04-03-2013.pdf
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: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/files/brochures/Wildwood_brochure07.pdf
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.