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Gresham Butte Saddle

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The four-way junction at Gresham Saddle, Gresham Butte Saddle Trail (bobcat)
Hogan cedar sign at the saddle (bobcat)


This is a four-way junction on the Gresham Butte Saddle in the middle of an abandoned holly plantation. The Saddle Trail leads east-west along the course of 19th Drive. The trail, or rather old road bed, leading north goes to Blain Avenue on Walters Hill, another name for Gresham Butte. The trail south heads up Gabbert Hill under a forest of red alder to a water tank and the Gabbert Butte Truck.

A sign here describes the "Hogan Cedars", a unique and particularly shapely variety of the western red-cedar that grows only in this area. While there is one of these cedars about 100 yards off the trail and east of the junction, most of them reside down near Hogan Creek on Gresham Butte's eastern flank. An uproar over destruction of the cedar's habitat was one of the factors leading to the cancellation of plans to build the Mt. Hood Freeway over Gresham Butte.

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