|Date: November 5, 2003|
|Location Beazell Memorial Forest Hike|
|Where: Benton County|
| This was a trip to scout out Benton County's newest park, Beazell Memorial Forest. I was first tipped off about the park last February by Art Mayer when we made a brief stop there after a Chemeketan Hike at Fort Hoskins. It was not open to the public at that time but I made a mental note to return. My memory was jogged again this past summer when my mother-in-law, Jeanette Dye, saved an article for me from the Albany Democrat-Herald by Allen Throop about the park and its benefactor Fred Beazell. Opening ceremonies where held this past July and finally today, November 5th, I remembered to return to scout out its trails, taking along my hiking buddy John Stolting.|
The trail system led us on a gravel path past the picturesque old barn, into the woods and onto a bridge over Plunkett Creek. There we were met with a choice of the two trails we explored.
There are plans for many miles of trail, but at this time we found that only the Bird Loop Trail of 1.2 miles has been complete. Although not completed as a loop yet, we found the Plunkett Creek Trail can also be hiked out for over a mile and then hiked back.