Finding an old growth forest in the land of logging is a pleasant surprise. It's just off the Briggs Valley Road outside of Merlin, Oregon. This beautiful area is just a few miles north of Grants Pass and lies about 12 miles off the over-the-mountain road that goes from Merlin to Gold Beach on the Oregon coast.
Here I sight both ways and the top is so far into the brush I lost interest when I hit the first major break as it's a lot more fun walking on the huge log highway than fighting my way through the brush.
And the next tree is another monster with a right-angle branch which I have found quite often in the forests of Oregon, but it is always a curiosity because it is not a normal growth pattern.
Myers Creek is tame in late fall, but the Steelhead salmon lay their eggs in these mellow waters and the young fish will grow strong here for their future journey to the Pacific.
Southern Oregon has so much beauty to offer, I don't know how it is where you live, but can you imagine being able to go into the beautiful mountains in the the middle of November and enjoy leisure hikes amidst the colorful flora and fauna? On this trip, as we pulled into the area, a huge buck deer casually loped across our trail and up a hill. They seem to have a sense of where they're safe from hunters.