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Pacing:Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds; mostly trail walking.
Amenities: Vault toilets are available in the parking lot.
Public Transit: None available
Rest Stops: There are no rest stops or benches.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation Changes: 190 feet gain up to Sherrard Point; 700 feet gain on return to lot from end of trail
Trail Tread and Width: 3.5 miles total: steep elevation gain from the parking lot along packed dirt trail becoming stairs up to Sherrard Point (.6 miles out and back); the remainder of the hike on moderately sloped packed dirt trails (1.5 mi. downhill out and 1.5 mi. uphill back)
Exposure: Full sun exposure in the first half, and partial sun exposure in the second half.
Join Ross on a summer visit to the site of an ancient shield volcano and the highest point in the Boring Lava Fields, at around 4.100 feet to look for Hermit Warbler, Canada Jay, Sooty Grouse and more!Register
Audubon Birding Day Details
- Date: July 2, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members
Ross caught the birding bug in the spring of 2011, while living in the Piney Woods of Northeast Texas. Since then, he has lived in Texas' High Plains, conducted breeding bird and environmental impact surveys in the region, as well as birded extensively throughout the Lone Star State and led trips for local Audubon chapters. He and his partner moved to the Portland area in 2016, and he has thoroughly enjoyed getting to experience Oregon's rich diversity of habitats, while becoming intimately familiar with its unique birdlife. Ross has birding experience in the UK, Costa Rica, and Australia, and delights in camping and traveling with family whenever possible. He has a keen interest in birding by ear, encouraging his toddler to identify flyover calls while on local hikes. Ross also has interests in birding equity and inclusion, particularly at the intersection of disability and universal design/access, and looks to promote birding opportunities for all.