I’ve already blogged about Shevlin Park (hike#3), you might recall. On that hike, most of it was through the dark using a headlamp. Not the best type of hike to take a lot of photos. Therefore, I’ll make up for that photo-light entry with this photo-heavy entry! (If you want more info on Shevlin Park, check out Hike #3.)
I have been struggling to get out and hike as of late. So many distractions and activities had been pushed up onto my priority list. I hoped not to repeat locations for my 100 Hikes Project, but when it boils right down, getting outside and exercising is more important than the location it is done.
So I quickly threw my ten essentials, my journal, and my camera into a day pack and drove to the trailhead, which is about ten minutes out of Bend. See the photos below for more on the hike.
Date of hike: October 8, 2012
Location: Shevlin Park, Bend, Oregon
Length: 5.4 miles
This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike.
For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.
I started hiking as the sun was low in the sky. Hy hope was that I could get 5-6 miles of hiking and still have enough daylight to see it all. I’m glad that we’re having a long summer here in Central Oregon.
Once on the trail, time seems to slow down for me. I leave the hustle of society behind me, allowing time to study the smaller, simpler things in life, where the beauty of the world can be seen in a single aspen leaf.
It is easy to hike the Tumalo Creek Trail differently every visit. The trail splits and comes back on itself like an old rope. I tried sticking to the widest trail.
The end of this old log looked like a skyline of an aging city where buildings turn grey with age.
The Hixon Crossing covered bridge. A way of crossing a stream without getting wet is always appreciated.
This walkway was created in order to protect the fragile meadow. This might be a part of Fremont Meadow, which is where Captain J.C. Fremont and his team – which included Kit Carson, Joe Walker and Brokenhand Fitzgerald – camped as they explored the west in 1842-1844.
I stumbled upon a wonderful discovery: a hollow stump filled with sulfur tuft mushrooms (Hypholoma fasciculare)
sulfur tuft mushrooms (Hypholoma fasciculare)
Autumn is slowly creeping in on Tumalo Creek. Being early October, I thought it would have already arrived.
Deep in the canyon of Shevlin Park is this beautiful footbridge. It marks the halfway point of most of my hikes in the park. I usually turn around and head back to the trailhead from here.
I’m so curious about the lichens found in Central Oregon. Here is a patchwork of different lichens on a rock. If I didn’t have miles to hike, I could spend an hour studying each of them here. With a loupe in hand, there’s a world to explore just on this one rock.
Here are two or three different types of lichen on one branch. Yellow. Black. Green.
For the hike back to the car, I took the northern section of the Loop Trail, which runs on the north side of the small canyon, above Tumalo Creek.
Gray rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus), common in the PNW. A closer look reveals something interesting on the stems…
A close-up of Gray Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus). It looks like a cocoon of some sort. Anyone have any ideas?
This was… strange. A log was dripping a whole lot of sap. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It is as if someone poured it on the log.
Another fascinating discovery. I love how the bark separates from the tree around this sawed-off branch.
I took this photo to show you the conditions of this section of trail. Shoulder-high plants have overtaken the single track, and yet the maps show this as the official Tumalo Creek Trail.
The quaking aspens of Shevlin Park just about to turn color.
Three mountain bikers came up from behind me and asked if I saw the huge owl that swooped over my head. I was looking at the ground at the time. We were all quietly excited to find the owl had perched in a nearby tree. In this photo, the mountain biker in black is explaining the large ears of the owl, a dead give away of the owl’s identity…
A great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) – what a great moment on the hike! These birds are so majestic!