interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

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interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by dockd » December 23rd, 2019, 11:57 am

Way back in the summer we went for an Iron Mountain/Cone Peak hike. There are brand new interpretive signposts (see the old #4 and new #4 together)...and no guide to explain their purpose! So what do these numbers represent? I called the ranger district a few years ago and they didn't have a guide for the old signs. Here's a few to ponder.
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Re: interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by adamschneider » December 23rd, 2019, 1:01 pm

Have you tried calling the Ranger Station recently? Their web site does say, "an interpretive brochure is available at the trailhead." It's so weird that they didn't think, when putting together that page, "hey, we should put it online too."

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Re: interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by aiwetir » December 23rd, 2019, 1:18 pm

Is this a captioning contest? :D
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Re: interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by texasbb » December 23rd, 2019, 5:29 pm

Those look like campsite markers. Were any of them pull-throughs?

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Re: interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by BigBear » December 24th, 2019, 3:33 pm

I have seen markers like that on quite a few trails over the years. In the cases where I knew for certain, they correspond to some point of interest on a self-guided tour. Sometimes they merely correspond to a type of tree or habitat.

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Re: interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by justpeachy » December 27th, 2019, 9:18 am

More often than not when I see numbered posts along a trail, I don't see an accompanying brochure at the trailhead. My guess is that these things get set up with grant funding or something, years pass, staff moves on, money is tight, priorities shift, and the posts remain standing but the brochure doesn't get reprinted.

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Re: interpretive signs for Iron Mountain Trail #3389

Post by dockd » June 27th, 2020, 8:59 am

I eventually got around to taking @adamschneider's advice and called the Sweet Home Ranger district. They were nice enough to mail (!) me the brochure. It's available at the ranger station but not at the trailhead, and the ranger station is not open on weekends.

The numbers don't refer to any particular tree or feature but rather general areas. Here are the highlights:
  1. The Rocks
  2. Broadleaf Thicket & Moist Forest
  3. Moist forest
  4. Meadow Habitats
  5. Meadow Maintenance
  6. Recovery Forest
  7. Habitats and Leaf Shape
  8. Roadside and Trail Habitats
  9. Moist Forest
  10. Rock Outcrop
  11. Scree
  12. Mixed Habitat
  13. Moist Meadow
  14. Cliff Face
  15. Damp Meadow
  16. Boreal Forest
  17. Snowbed
  18. Xeric Meadow
  19. Moist Forest
  20. The Lookout

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