Monthly Archives: July 2009

Tillamook Summer Events

Hey Oregonians, come adventure with the Sierra Club and learn about the
public state forest right here in our backyard! Here are three awesome free
opportunities coming up!!!

August 27th 7:30pm Tillamook Forest Slideshow and Movie Night.  See a slideshow of the amazing and wonderful Tillamook State Forest and watch Hustle & Fish, a fishing movie made by a local filmmaker. Beer and snacks provided.

September 9th 8am The September Board of Forestry Meeting is in Salem. Come down and support clean forests and rivers. We do not need more clear-cutting in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests and we need to tell the Board that.

September 26th Come help clean up one the most beautiful rivers in the area and have an amazing lunch at the Wilson River Clean-up

All events are family friendly and fun! Hikes will meet at 9 am at the Sierra Club office in Portland (1821 SE Ankeny St) or 10:30am at the trailhead (TBA) and will end before 5pm.

Contact Jeff at jeff.hickman@sierraclub.org or call (503) 238-0442 ext 306 to sign up or get more information.

Table Rock Wilderness Hike

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Seven of us and a dog tackled the Table Rock Wilderness near Molalla today.  A difficult hike of about 7 miles and 2800 feet of elevation gain, but worth it for all its rewards: stunning Wildflowers at the base of Rooster Rock and the great views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, the Three Sisters, and more.

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We also had some great discussions about the Sierra Club’s support of efforts to designate the Molalla River a Wild and Scenic River (which we drove along on the way to the Wilderness), and about the clearcutting on private lands just outside the Wildereness Boundary.  Check out more photos at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/brian.pasko/TableRockWildernessJuly2009#

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The Owyhee Canyonlands: Epic

Wednesday July 1 began an adventure of epic proportions to the Owyhee Canyonlands.  This was a High Desert Committee outing to explore an area that the Sierra Club is working to permanently protect for its wilderness character.  Most of the long trip down from Portland was spent alternately sleeping and watching the landscape go by. Going from the rainy, western part of Oregon to the high desert of the eastern part of the state was incredible.

We stop to look at the scenery

We stop to look at the scenery

We make camp and love life.

Love the View

Love the View

Day 2: We hike to natural hot springs up the canyon. Weather proves to be interesting and provides a spectacular thunderstorm. Also learned what stinging nettles are.

Along the Hike to Hot Springs

Along the Hike to Hot Springs

The warm waterfall/shower/massager. Awesome.

The warm waterfall/shower/massager. Awesome.

Day 3: Leslie Gulch. I though we were in actually in Utah.

Java the Hut Rock

Java the Hut Rock

most incredible rocks ever

most incredible rocks ever

More Sweet Rocks

More Sweet Rocks

Summer Interns Risa and Sarah in Juniper Gulch

Summer Interns Sarah and Risa in Juniper Gulch

Day 3: We go see a historic ranch and a really cool valley and go see a lava flow. and craters. really amazing craters.

Rock Formations

Rock Formations

Check out the Crater!

Check out the Crater!

Day 4: We head back to Portland. but first. . .

Sunrise in the Valley

Sunrise in the Valley

The Owyhee is one of the most beautiful places in Oregon, and going there was awesome. We saw fish, antelope, rabbits, and so many birds and bugs I could not believe it. The sage country is what I think of when I think of the American West, and the Owyhee is truly incredible. We came back exhausted and in awe.