Typical view [?]
NOTE: C+ B-
NOTE: Flat but sometimes uneven trails in parts
NOTE: Saw none
LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
There are some good birds and a good place if you bike but the forest seems young and un-diverse enough to just be kind of boring. So mixed bag.
Bluebirds near the entrance. Warblers were around. Pretty good birding.
There could be wildlife in here but we saw none and like I said above - it just didn't seem like an old diverse forest so you tend to see less wildlife.
Bathrooms, some parts paved, lots of trail markers - that was nice really.
When you go from parking area to the actual trails you walk along a paved area for awhile. Look where you entered from because you can walk by it on the way out.
A lot of parks seem to get approached by biking associations to do maps that are great for bikers but not so great for hikers. It's kind of confusing for hikers. Also online why is your PDF rotated (and one map on the page is rotated again). Try viewing it either on your phone or PC and ask yourself if it's annoying to the point that it's not unusable.
That said - nice park =)
There's a loop and trails that traverse it. The loop is 7 miles and I'm guessing the rest are 5. So you could spend near a day doing all of it though I think you'd have seen enough in an hour or two. As far as taking a short trip it's not the best place because you have to park and walk in. Trout Creek up the road is better for that.
I believe the story with this area is that it's the designated flood area when we get torrential rain - there's a dam up river here somewhere. But 95% of the time it's fine to hike and bike on so good solution!
Our experience was we parked, talked with some bikers, walked along some exposed road which I'm guessing is officially the trail and we stuck to the traversing trails. It's somewhat busy - which is fine unless you really want to get into nature for a walk in solitude. There were a fair number of birds around but the age of the forest just doesn't seem old. This is connected to a larger wilderness corridor but you just don't expect to see deer etc and it just gets kind of dull. Nice but not very nice.
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