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TRIP REPORT: West Side Wildflower Hike
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TRIP REPORT: West Side Wildflower Hike

TRIP REPORT: West Side Wildflower Hike

Wildflowers and Wildlife on the Clackamas River
anemone flowerbleeding heart flowers

calypso orchids and yellow violettrout lily

It was cool in the shade of the big old growth Douglas firs, and sunny on the pebbly beaches of the Clackamas River.  Next Adventure Outdoor School led another guided hike, this time focusing on the west-side wildflower blooms.  Bleeding hearts, calypso orchids, wood violets, anemones, and tiny twayblade orchids (pictured) were in bloom along with a host of other flowers like salmonberry, oxalis, sandwort, monkeyflower, dogwood and strawberry.

twayblade orchid flowers

We practically crawled along the Riverside Trail, poring over everything we encountered.  A garter snake, a red-legged frog, a banana slug, and a rough skin newt were some of the wildlife we found.  Among birds we saw winter wrens, turkey vultures, and heard flickers, thrushes and nuthatches.  On the water we saw water striders and damselflies.  Under the water's surface, trout fry hid behind rocks.

red-legged froggarter snake

It was a beautiful day to be out hiking on the Clack, and with the campgrounds still closed, we didn't see anyone else on the trail.

Clackamas River cliff-top view

Next Adventure Outdoor School has more trips planned this summer.  There is another day-hike to a waterfall sure to be chock-a-block with wildflowers on June 2nd.  And we have multi-day backpacking trips for all ability levels if you really hanker to get deeper into Northwest nature.

Check out nextadventure.net/outdoorschool for trip listings and online sign-up.
Email outdoorschool@nextadventure.net if you have any questions.
 

Next Adventure is a fully-insured licensed Outfitter and Guide with the State of Oregon. Next Adventure is an equal opportunity Recreation Provider operating under special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, USDA Forest Service.
Next Adventure Guide-Instructors are locally trail-experienced, and carry current Wilderness First Response certification.

trout fry in Clackamas River

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