By Elaine Keavney, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon A trail crossing a wet, boggy area with poor drainage often becomes a problem. Hikers’ feet—and on equestrian trails horses’ hooves—compact the soil and can turn the trail into a…
by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon
Did you know that Oxbow Regional Park sits on top of a buried forest?
Walk to the bank of the Sandy River where it cuts into a thick layer of lahar from Mt. Hood’s Old Maid eruptions in the 1780s. The upright snags of a 240-year-old forest stand erect, while other dead trunks lean over the river. The flat bench of pyroclastic material which hosts Oxbow Park’s road and most of its facilities lies 30 feet above 1780 river levels. When Lieutenant Broughton of the Vancouver Expedition sailed up the Columbia River in 1792, he noted that a sandy bar extended almost all the way across the Columbia. Lewis and Clark, passing by the mouth of the Sandy in November 1805, looked up the river from its mouth and saw a stark landscape scoured and buried by the debris flows. They christened the watercourse the Quicksand River.
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