Muir Creek - July 24, 2010
Coordinator Jane Flewelling, narration by Bill Riley and pictures by Bill Riley and Lane Harris
The hike was relatively easy along a well worn trail through various conifer trees with less than A 300-foot gain from the start to falls. The group departed at 10:20 a.m. and returned by 2:10 p.m.
There were various wild flowers along the way and numerous snags or “widow makers” with quite a few fallen trees, clearly revealing the shallow root system of the large trees.
Evidence of beaver activity was quite obvious from the chewed down trees to the beaver dam in the lowlands.
We did cross several small streams, some walking over fallen trees, others by stepping on rocks or wading. Although it was quite hot in Roseburg, it was fairly comfortable among the trees yet an occasional wading felt good. The mosquitoes were quite thick in the morning and seemed to thrive on the taste of suntan lotion
Our group collected at the falls for lunch while a few explored the local area. Lane spotted a cabin above the upper falls with out-buildings and a coral for cattle. From tracks on the trail it was obvious that livestock inhabited the area.
After a lunch break, five brave souls continued on up the trail for another 15 minutes until they arrived at a much wider trail which accommodated ATVs. It was at that point they decided they found the source of animal droppings along the trail.
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club