Hike the Oregon Central Military Wagon Road
Thursday, 9 May, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Ages: 12 and up, in good physical condition
Guide: Steve Hamilton, Archaeologist, Middle Fork Ranger District, Willamette National Forest
Hike about 1 mile along the OCMWR and learn about the local natural and cultural history at two special interest areas. Bring water and lunch to eat. The hike will begin at the archaeological site of a way station, ranch and Forest Service guard station where the wagon road crossed beautiful Rigdon Meadows. From here, hike along the Upper Middle Fork Trail as it follows the wagon road for nearly a mile. Then take a short drive and visit another pristine section of wagon road in old growth forest at Indigo Springs, where travelers once rested and native bull trout spawn. If time allows we’ll find more places to stop and walk.
Fee: No admission fee is required. However, we would appreciate a $20 or more donation to support the program.
Trip specifics: This hike rates Easy to Moderate for short distance and undulating terrain. A van will be provided (eight passengers maximum) and the drive is two hours each way. Car pooling will be need for additional participants. Be prepared for wet weather. Meet at The Shedd parking area across High Street for 9:30 am departure.