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Date:  May 13, 2005

Location  Beazell Memorial Forest Hike

Where:  Benton County


 Beazell Memorial Forest is where Vale Palmer chose to lead this Chemeketan Hike. Located between Dallas and Philomath on the Kings Valley Highway, it is Benton County's newest park. An old homestead complete with farmhouse and barn serve as an attractive entrance to the park.

the start

Already some good rocked-in trails have been laid out that wind through the forest and along Puckett Creek. Vale first led the group up the two plus mile South Meadow Trail to views of Marys Peak to the southwest.

Marys Peak from South Meadow

Our lunch break took advantage of the picnic tables near the old barn.

lunch time

After lunch we hiked the short Bird Loop Trail, spotting many Iris, some False Solomon's Seal, a few Cat's Ears, and a Wild Turkey.

False Solomon's Seal
Cat's Ears