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Alder Ridge Elk Meadow

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Cedar forest and loop trail around the meadow (bobcat)


This meadow was created in the 1990s to draw in the local elk from surrounding farmlands and nurseries, where they were doing considerable damage. A secondary wood of red alder and big-leaf maple was cut to create the 10-acre space, which is annually maintained. The surrounding forest is composed of western red-cedar, Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and big-leaf maple. From below, the meadow is accessed via a maintenance road. A trail circles the meadow and connects with a path of many short switchbacks that ascends Alder Ridge to the Homan Road Trailhead. At most times of the day, you can catch deer grazing on the meadow verges although they are very skittish, so don't expose yourself. Elk are frequent visitors to the meadow but are rarely seen.

Part of the meadow is a fenced site that proclaims it contains "bio-hazards".

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