Celebrate the first day of Spring with a hike! The desert blooms early on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, and some flowers can only be seen through March. Join Next Adventure Staff Biologist Greg Hill for a guided interpretational tour of Tom McCall Nature Preserve and its amazing wildflowers. Easy 2 to 5 miles hiking, 200 feet elevation gain.
Mount Hood's snowy white peak commanded the skyline above the green forested ridges of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. We stood atop the old fire lookout site and practiced our map and compass skills, orienting the map to visible landmarks and taking bearings on Mt. Jefferson and other Cascade mountain peaks.
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.