Oxbow Park (through the back door) 01/29/2012

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Guy
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Oxbow Park (through the back door) 01/29/2012

Post by Guy » January 29th, 2012, 3:18 pm

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Since we were promised only an hour or two of dry weather early today we decided to check out our own back yard! We live only half a mile (as the crow flies) from the Equestrian trailhead at the end of Homan Road that leads down & into Oxbow Park. This trailhead also has the advantage of having no pay booth :) ...

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It descends from about 700' first to Elk Meadows at about 400' & then on down to the Sandy River on the West side of the Oxbow.

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(The Other) Elk Meadows

There were several large fir trees in the river probably from the recent high water events of the last 2 weeks.

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We walked along the river bank towards the boat Ramp.

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After the Boat Ramp there was a trail closed sign, we continued on anyway but soon found that there was a legitimate reason for the sign! The trail & all the ground around it was gone forever & there was only river!

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The riverside road through the campground was also closed but we found our way through the empty campground & back to the River on the other side.

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We walked along the river bed for a while was we made our way around to the East side of the the Oxbow.

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Several sections of the Riverside trail between junctions K & J on the Oxbow Park map have now disappeared into the river!

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This one's for you Tom!

At the end of the line we considered bushwhacking up the 300' back to Elk Meadows which was directly above us but it had started to rain by now & it looked like we would have to negotiate a rock band so we played it safe & stuck to the trail.

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The trail back up to the Homan Road TH.

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This is the official Park Map, you can find our track here.

All in all about 6.3 miles & 1025' of EG & back home in time for lunch!

A few more pics here.
hiking log & photos.
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Re: Oxbow Park (through the back door) 01/29/2012

Post by Roy » January 29th, 2012, 4:10 pm




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This one's for you Tom!
so what do you think Splintercat aliens?


nice stuff guy thanks for sharing that tree's pretty cool
The downhill of the mind is harder than the uphill of the body. - Yuichiro Miura

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Re: Oxbow Park (through the back door) 01/29/2012

Post by joerunner » January 30th, 2012, 7:41 am

I have done that loop many times. It's great! I have seen Elk, a bear and many deer up there on the bluff. Its a good place for steep hill repeats too. Thanks for the report!

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