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Whistle Punk Trail Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Many logging artifacts are encountered on the trail (cfm)
The forest is your living room (cfm)
Anemone oregana (cfm)


  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 1.5 Miles"Miles" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.
  • Elevation gain: 100 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No

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Hike Description

I wont give it away, come find out for yourself what a whistle punk is. You will learn many more logging lore tidbits as you ramble along on this interpretive hike that pays tribute to a by-gone era. This pleasant loop route makes a wonderful outdoor museum, passing through several forest biomes.

Take a right at the first junction to make a counterclockwise loop. You will pass through a deciduous forest with moss draped Oregon ash, then enter a maturing Douglas-fir forest with the logging camp displays. At the far point of the loop is a wooden observation deck which looks out over a wetland. Directly across from the deck, look for the tower that used to support the Wind River Canopy Crane, taken down on 2011. This crane rotated 360 degrees through the overstory and was used for conducting research on the biota that live in the high treetops of the western forest.

Continuing on the loop, you will emerge onto a gravel road- take a right to go visit the tower in 1/3 mile, or go left to stay on the loop. The road soon ends at a gate, and you will enter a huge meadow, similar to the meadow across from the trailhead. If this meadow seems odd or un-natural- it is. This is the former site of a federal tree farm, where forest seedlings were once started for eventual replanting in logged and burned areas. The high fences were placed to keep deer and elk from cropping the young seedlings. The fence is now breeched in many spots, and baby trees are no longer grown here. Now it is just a beautiful setting to spot browsing elk.

The trail returns to the forest and a boardwalk will take you through the ash swamp before returning to the trail head.


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