Mt. Hood National Forest
July 9, 2010 by John Rakestraw
I spent a day exploring part of Mt. Hood National Forest along Forest Service Road 58 (Birding Oregon p. 75). A hot day in July is not the best time to find lots of birds, since singing has greatly diminished and there is so much great habitat for birds to hide in, but the scenery and solitude are well worth the trip.
Here is the view from the High Rock area, showing the peak of Mt. Hood and the forest in various stages of regrowth.
This area of the forest is a patchwork of clearcuts, young forest, and groves of mature trees. While not nearly so scenic, clearcuts are often very productive for certain species of birds and other wildlife.
Forest Service roads that are too rough for vehicles provide easy hiking routes.
The Bear Grass was in full bloom.
Pileated Woodpecker feeding site
A pair of Gray Jays responded to a pygmy-owl imitation. Despite their reputation for stealing food from picnic tables, I usually find Gray Jays to be rather shy.
This is the meadow near Little Crater Lake.
A pond in the meadow, with Mt. Hood peaking over the trees.
Always check muddy areas for tracks, like these from Black-tailed Deer.
Little Crater Lake