Elliott State Educational Forest
Golden and Silver Falls Field Trip
McKenzie Peters and Brandon Hanner admire Silver Falls near sunset after scaling muddy trail to viewpoint, April 21, 2018. Photograph By Bob Zybach.
The May 22, 2018 Golden and Silver Falls field trip was hosted by Bob Mahaffey, whose family Tree Farm near Allegany was selected as 1988 Tree Farm of the Year for the Western US by the Society of American Foresters: a major national recognition of outstanding forest management. The field trip included discussion -- and brief stops -- at Rooke-Higgins County Park, the seasonal Mahaffy Ranch Pumpkin Patch, the Mahaffy Tree Farm plantation on Glenn Creek, Nesika County Park, and Lockhart Bridge, with its interesting splash dam and land ownership history. Short hikes through old-growth trees to each of the Falls completed the field trip. David Gould and former Coos County Commissioner Gordon Ross, both descendants of pioneer Coos County families, assisted as knowledgeable field guides. Two versions of the Golden and Silver Falls Field Trip Handout are available: a 2018 PDF File: 9 pp. with active links and that can be directly printed; and a 2018 Word File: 9 pp. also with active links, and that can be edited and modified for future educational field trips to these locations.
The May 28, 2019 SWOCC Field Trip featured a slightly altered itinerary that allowed for extra time for hiking at Golden and Silver Falls State Park. This trip was documented with photographs by SWOCC staff photographer, Anne Matthews, with the 23 numbered photos below. Here is the updated 2019 field trip handout: 2019_PDF_File: 9 pp.
Silver Falls GIF (looping), McKenzie Peters, NW Maps Co., April 21, 2018: http://www.orww.org/Elliott_Forest/Recreation/Golden-Silver_Falls/Peters_20180421_161411.gif
Silver Falls Video (4 sec.), McKenzie Peters, NW Maps Co., April 21, 2018: http://www.orww.org/Elliott_Forest/Recreation/Golden-Silver_Falls/Peters_20180421_161411.mp4
|2018 Itinerary and Readings Handout||2018 ORWW Field Trips Map||Rooke-Higgins Park - Mahaffy Ranch Pumpkin Patch||East Fork Millicoma Splash Dams||1965 History of State Parks|
|Upper Glenn Creek Valley, 1880-1959||Golden Falls Postcard, Front and Back, ca. 1930||Two Silver Falls Postcards, ca. 1930||Detail from Silver Falls Postcard, ca. 1930||Silver Falls, April 21, 2018|
|2019 Itinerary and Readings Handout||2019 Etzwiler Tour Route Map||2019-01 Silver Creek Crossing||2019-02 Silver Falls Trail||2019-03 Old-Growth|
|2019-04 Silver Falls||2019-05 Silver Falls||2019-06 Large Tree||2019-07 Silver Falls||2019-08 Old Road|
|2019-09 Old Road||2019-10 Old Road||2019-11 Old Road||2019-12 Old Road||2019-13 Old Road|
|2019-14 Viewpoint||2019-15 Old Road||2019-16 Carved Rock||2019-17 Thimble Berries||2019-18 Thimble Berries|
|2019-19 Oregon Flags||2019-20 Trillium||2019-21 Bleeding Hearts||2019-22 Yellow Violet||2019-23 Golden Falls|
|Silver Falls Etzwiler_20190528||Silver Falls Altier_20190528||2019 Etzwiler Field Trip Review|
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