|SOU students Kolby McNeal and Mike Jones logout an old-growth ponderosa|
We met at Medford REI at 9am, and reached the Shoofly Trailhead at 10:15am. Southern Oregon University intern Kolby McNeal gave the safety talk, and we started descending through groves of giant sugar pines, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine.
|From left to right: Mike, Brandon, Angie, Kolby, Jack|
We reached the Butte Fork Trail No 957 and headed upstream, running into more old-growth that had fallen on the trail. The largest tree we encountered was left for next time, and we suspect there are a lot more downed trees further up Butte Fork Trail toward Azalea Lake.
The Butte Fork Applegate River provided us a great lunch site. It was running high and clear.
|We left this one for next time|
Volunteers joining were Angie, Brandon, Jack, Kolby and Mike. The trip was led by SMC Field Coordinator Gabe Howe.
|Crew leader Gabe Howe|