The Shrader Old Growth Trail
When you’re near the Oregon coast you think of hiking near the ocean. Our daughter in law came up with another option. Let’s explore the old growth forest that has evolved over hundreds of years with an easy one-mile stroll through a forest of giant trees.
Underneath the covering of big fir and cedar trees was a treasure trove of plants, insects, and decayed logs that were left behind because they lacked commercial value. In addition, there are dead trees that are called snags. These snags provide shelter and food for over 65 species of birds and 30 species of animals.
Walking the trail, we saw beams of light shining through openings in the forest created by fires and wind storms. Plus, there was moss covering the trees reminding us of the cool, moist conditions that exist in coastal old-growth forests.
This was a great trail for our 3-year-old granddaughter. She literally pranced down the path and through the forest. She made sure that I noticed the blacken tree trunk that was evidence of the fires that swept through the forest over 100 years ago.
The stream running along and underneath the bridges on the trail provides moisture for plants and aquatic life. The stream was shaded by the forest keeping water temperatures cool. It was neat seeing the brook tumble over fallen tree trunks creating scenic water falls.
Our granddaugther delighted in finding pine cones and acorns scattered along the forest trail. Many of these old growth trails have become lost over the years. Hiking this trail was a pleasant break from waking the beach and hearing the crashing of waves.
One thing for sure was the forest trees are tall and massive. The fir trees in the forest can measure over 10 feet in diameter and rise to over 200 feet in height. The trees helped to put everything mother nature created into prospective.
The hike wasn’t long, but it didn’t need to be. The setting and surroundings created an experience that will not be quickly forgotten.