Tour McGowan Creek Old Growth Forest

McGowan Creek Tributary photo by Curtis Irish

This Old Growth Forest, 350 years plus, is right in our backyard, 20 miles from downtown Eugene in the middle of the controversial O & C lands managed by the BLM and Industrial Timber Interests. There are huge Doug Firs, Western Hemlocks, and Pacific Yews. There are myriads of wild flowers in the bogs and the understory of this wonderful forest.

Well-known local photographer, Denis Galloway, who specializes with point and shoot digital cameras, will be along to answer questions on framing, light and other techniques. We hope to have famous local photographer, Curtis Irish, join us for the beginning of the outing. Curtis’ work is available for viewing on FlickR.


We will have opportunities to discuss different ways to manage our checker board forests that are now on the table. This is a perfect outing for families and for us older slower walkers. We will be back in town by 1:30-2:00 pm.

As always bring your cameras, sketch books, water bottles, snacks, good walking shoes, rain gear, and curiosity.

(For those who do not use MeetUp Contact leader:  Lon Otterby,[masked] or [masked] for RSVP.) This hike will be limited to 20 participants.

 


About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations.  The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide.  The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties.  Please let us know us if you would like to join our our conservation and environmental protection efforts.

 

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  • Bill K.

    Actually Lon Mt Pisgah is the only place I'm really familiar with and there's several reasonably long walks that can be taken up there. I havn't gotten to hike the McKenzie trail "bus" hike to Belknap since last year and would love that again.

    May 17, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Too short and quick.

    May 16, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hey Bill, I agree with you it was too short and quick for such a wonderful place. Do you have some ideas for easy walks in the forests for those of us who are not in super shape?

      May 17, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Thank you, Lon. It was wonderful to get out in the woods, to a beautiful place. I appreciated the poem and will look for more by Mary Oliver. Thank you everyone for a lovely day; thank you for the conversations and thank you for sharing your photos. I hope to see you on another hike.

    May 12, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Julie, Thanks for the comments. Maybe we can get Brenda Monroe to give us some good ideas for hikes in the Oak Ridge area.

      May 13, 2013

  • Brenda M.

    Lon, thank you for sending me the directions--I went up there today. Saw a coyote on the gravel road. Very enjoyable. I have an idea for a couple hikes up on Hills Creek Reservoir. I used to be on trail crew up in that area. Thanks again, Brenda

    May 12, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hi Brenda I am glad you found it okay. What a treat to see a coyote! We are always looking for new hiking ideas and leaders, so please send along any ideas and/or suggestions. cheers.

      May 12, 2013

  • Bethany G.

    How beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing! Was that a rattlesnake????

    May 12, 2013

  • Donna H.

    I agree with Barbara G that it was as enjoyable meeting you hiking fans as it was to walk in the old growth forest. Thanks, Lon,for the poem "Sleeping in the Forest" and Mary [and Lon] for the plant identification and Leslie for the ride from the local market. Looking forward to a hike in the wilderness area near Oakridge and getting to know you all better.

    May 12, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    Very nice to meet all you folks!

    May 11, 2013

  • Bethany G.

    I have to cancel. So sorry! Rats!

    May 11, 2013

    • Lon O.

      thanks for letting us know Bethany. See you next time.

      May 11, 2013

  • Nanook

    There may be a chance I might not be able to make it. Would it be kosher for me to call Lon, like at 10am Sat., to tell you if I'm not going to go? Doesn't look like there's an issue with people waiting, hence why I'm not relinquishing my spot at this time.

    May 10, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hi Naomi, Yes call me on my cell as I will be on the road by 10 am[masked]

      May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to cancel for tomorrow and I apologize for giving such short notice! I hope that you will be offering this excursion again sometime in the near future!

    May 10, 2013

  • Lon O.

    Hey All,
    We have about 25 of us going from South Eugene High School on Saturday morning. The forest is about 8 miles north of Springfield so it is not a long drive. A very short stretch of about 1/2 mile will be on a good dry gravel road.
    I will have my mini van and can fit 6 comfortably. Some of us are coming in couples, some as singles, so we can work out the ride sharing at the parking lot. It is a good idea to share gas money with the drivers if you can.
    This will be a fun wander in the forest.

    May 8, 2013

    • Lon O.

      the national weather service says no rain until later on Sunday.

      May 10, 2013

    • Bethany G.

      Sweeeeeet

      May 10, 2013

  • Bodhi G.

    Alas, other obligations have arisen for tomorrow and I will be unable to attend the scheduled hike. Have fun and see you all next time!

    May 10, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hey Bohdi Thanks for letting us know. Next time.

      May 10, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    I had a little bike accident last Sunday and am a bit scraped and multi-colored. I feel fine and really want to attend.. a bit self conscious tho..

    May 8, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hi Barbara, I got stung by one of my bees yesterday, right on the jaw, so I look a little funny as well. We should have fun with that!

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • Donna H.

    Lon, could we meet you at the Mohawk General Store or somewhere along McGowan Creek Road?

    May 6, 2013

    • Lon O.

      That sounds perfect. I will cancel the stop at River View Market.

      May 8, 2013

    • Barbara

      Excellent. I'm glad you worked out that I'm the same person. I'll work on figuring out why you couldn't send me an email.

      May 8, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Since normal starting time is usually around 8 to 8:30 am I'd like to make sure that we don't need to be at South Eugene until 10:15 am? So as not to miss out.

    May 8, 2013

    • Bill K.

      Thanks for the reply Lon.

      May 8, 2013

    • Bethany G.

      Can I carpool with someone? My tires are not good. I have been out of work. Good news is I start a new job on the 20th yeahhhh

      May 8, 2013

  • Brenda M.

    Hello. I signed up for this hike, but have had something come up that unfortunately means I must cancel. Not sure how to do that!

    May 8, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hi Brenda, Got to the top right of the page where it Says "Your RSVP: Yes" click on change RSVP. Then you can change from yes to no.

      1 · May 8, 2013

  • Lon O.

    Hello All
    The weather is looking very good for this Saturday in the Forest. Dennis Galloway, Eugene Photographer, will be with us to answer questions and demo techniques. Also, Richard Turk, Many Rivers Group's own photographer, has offered to join us as well. So those of you on the waiting list are welcome to join us. I have added 4 more spots to the outing.
    And, for those of you who would like to participate, can you bring with you a short poem or writing to share with the group as we wander the wetlands and forest. Please bring water, good walking shoes, layers to shed or add, a snack or lunch, and your questions.
    I have a PDF file available about the McGowan creek areas flora and fauna. If you would like a copy please email me with the subject McGowan Creek and I would be happy to forward it to you.
    [masked]

    May 8, 2013

  • Brenda M.

    Sounds like fun!

    May 5, 2013

  • Bethany G.

    Yahooooooo

    May 4, 2013

  • Bethany G.

    Can I bring my 17 & 12 year old girls?

    May 2, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hi Bethany, Welcome to the group. Yes, we it would be great for you to bring your daughters. There are still two spots left on the outing.

      May 3, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Bethany do you know how to change your RSVP to add 2 quests? At the top right of the meet-up page you can change your RSVP and then add 1-4 guests on the outings I lead that are not in a wilderness or protected area than it would only be 2 quests.

      May 3, 2013

  • Wolfstar

    What an awesome hike!! :) We'll see you there. Cheers!

    April 30, 2013

    • Lon O.

      thanks for join the group

      1 · May 2, 2013

  • Joe N.

    Will be in Truckee with my Daughter this weekend. Have fun and I will look forward to reading the hike reports.
    Another close-in-trail is really welcome.
    Dennis is a great photographer

    April 24, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Thanks Joe, Look forward to seeing you in the future.

      April 25, 2013

  • Lon O.

    Nice start for Mother's Day weekend.

    April 23, 2013

  • Bodhi G.

    Awesome! See you there!

    April 23, 2013

  • Wendy W

    I will be bringing my nephew and friend. I can't wait!!!

    April 22, 2013

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