It will take about an hour to get from the P&R to Landsburg Reach. Driving directions can be found here: http://goo.gl/maps/eKhoV. Plan on beginning our walk at the trail head around 10:30 AM. I (Richard Palmer, your host for this trip) will not be meeting you at the P&R since I live far closer to Landsburg Reach than Green Lake P&R. (I only have a 20 min drive!)
Landsburg Reach is accessed from the Cedar River Trail. The closest trail head is here: http://goo.gl/maps/r0Y8G. This is where we will meet. The trail head is about two miles from our destination. There is plenty of parking.
Landsburg Reach contains 24 acres of "...mixed coniferous/deciduous second-growth forest relatively mature in age, also including stands predominated by coniferous, deciduous, or wetland vegetation." (See http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/natural-lands/ecological/big-bend-landsburg.aspx) This includes "...typical lowland riparian forest with black cottonwood, bigleaf maple, red alder, western red cedar, Douglas-fir, and western hemlock in the overstory, and a variety of species including vine maple, indian plum, snowberry, and salmonberry in the shrub layer."
During my walks here, I have encountered stonefly exuviae, mayfly nymphs, caddisfly nymphs and adults, and the unusual color variants of the spotted tussock moth caterpillar.
Please note that the area is considered a wildlife habitat corridor. Black bears have been seen here. (I always carry my bear spray on these walks.)
Our plan is to walk west on the Cedar River Trail for just under one mile until we reach the hydrologic station. At that point, we leave the Cedar River Trail and walk along the river bank on a somewhat more challenging trail for maybe another half mile. While the Cedar River Trail is easy class 1, this second trail, while well defined, is a little more than class 1, but not quite class 2. A walking stick and sturdy shoes or boots are recommended.
Our destination is a point along the river where the water becomes wide and slower, with lots of rocks. Turning over these rocks reveals many entomological delights.
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