Looking for a relaxing and energizing activity where you can enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest? Join Earl McCollum on his Thursday hikes in the Mist Zone at 2 p.m. at Silver Falls State Park. All interested parties, young and old meet at the Main Lodge in the South Falls Day Use area. Be ready to learn about what’s growing under your feet, as well as what towers over your head – then if you’re lucky you can cool down under South Falls. Earl says now is the best time since so many wildflowers are blooming.
The Western Trillium is an early bloomer with 3 white petals and 3 broad leaves. The flowers turn pink to purple as they age.
The Calypso Orchid is a delicate single pink flowered plant that grows in the damp shade of the Doug Firs. The Red Flowering Currant, Oregon Grape,
Yellow Wood Violet, and Salmonberry are among others that are currently blooming. Call 503-873-8735 during the week for information about this and other hikes.