Hike 11 – Shevlin Park II

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 11 – Shevlin Park II

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.

Trip Stats:

  • 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.

Photos:

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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.


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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.


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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.


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The end of this old log looked like a skyline of an aging city where buildings turn grey with age.


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The Hixon Crossing covered bridge. A way of crossing a stream without getting wet is always appreciated.


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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.


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I stumbled upon a wonderful discovery: a hollow stump filled with sulfur tuft mushrooms (Hypholoma fasciculare)


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sulfur tuft mushrooms (Hypholoma fasciculare)


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Autumn is slowly creeping in on Tumalo Creek. Being early October, I thought it would have already arrived.


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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.


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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.


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Here are two or three different types of lichen on one branch. Yellow. Black. Green.


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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.


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Gray rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus), common in the PNW. A closer look reveals something interesting on the stems…


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A close-up of Gray Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus). It looks like a cocoon of some sort. Anyone have any ideas?


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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.


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Another fascinating discovery. I love how the bark separates from the tree around this sawed-off branch.


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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.


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The quaking aspens of Shevlin Park just about to turn color.


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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…


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A great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) – what a great moment on the hike! These birds are so majestic!