9/27/2020 – Mosier Creek – BLM Land

Date of Hike: 9/27/2020
Location of Hike: Mosier Creek BLM Land
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Kirk, Ollie and Thor
Start Time: 1:45 PM  End Time: 3:45 PM
Hike Distance: 4.4 miles  Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
Pictures: Link
Since the Riverside fire has completely closed the Clackamas district for the foreseeable future, I was looking for other “off the beaten path” hikes that I might be able to do. This area on Ridge Road – a parcel of BLM land – has been on my wintertime to-do list for a while, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Today seemed like a good time to do a short hike in here to see what we could find. Kirk and Ollie decided to join us.

The trail is only about 10 minutes from our house and I knew there wasn’t a ton of space to explore so I figured a Sunday afternoon would be great. We hiked a lot farther than I thought we would be able to. We went a bit off the BLM land, but not too far – and I think Port Blakely allows people on their land – I see people all the time parked at the various entry points.

We headed up the road and soon started seeing lots of side trails – these woods have TONS of trails going all over the place. We more or less stayed on main paths – there is a lot more to explore up here at some point. We headed up and more or less continued straight on the main road/trail. We ended up at the border with the Port Blakely land – a section line – and went just past, but this area was all small trees (it had been harvested within the past 20-30 years I’d guess). From there, we turned around and headed north at another junction – this was on more of a real road I think. We headed up this road looking for a spot to head down to the lake that showed on the map. We finalyl found a side trail that went down to it. I’m not sure what its official name is, but since it appears to be essentially a dammed up Mosier Creek, I’m calling it Mosier Lake – almost a swamp really – not very deep:

We continued north past a second small pond and heard water gurgling, so we looked for the “dam”. We found something that was sort of like a dam – it was some rocks piled up that appear to be somewhat damming up the creek to create the lake/swamp. There appears to be a LOT of people that come in here, as there was lots of activity visible.

Once we found the dam, we needed to re-cross Mosier creek, which we found a great spot – basically a ford of the creek:

We crossed and continued back from where we came. On the way back, we decided to take another junction – we were hoping it might lead to a spot where we could see an odd feature on the map. Neither Kirk nor I could tell what it was supposed to be so we wanted to get a good look at it. The road continued up and ended at a gate along Rutherford Lane:

We turned around and headed back where we came from. Somewhere along the way, I took a photo of what one of the older areas looked like:

There wasn’t really much more of note during the trip – it was short, but this is a very interesting area and one which I’m sure I will come back to in order to do more exploring. It is certainly convenient!

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