Cascade Head Alien LbNA # 39003
|Placed Date||Mar 28 2008|
The real treasure is found when you reach the headland in the spectacular view. Bring water and a snack but sorry - no dogs allowed.
Cascade Head is a haven for rare plants, wildlife and grassland communities once abundant along the Oregon Coast. This spectacular coastal headland provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly.
North of Lincoln City, south of Neskowin, in northwest Oregon
To reach the trail, a vigorous hike to the top of the headland, head N on US 101 from Lincoln City. Just N of the Salmon River, turn W on Three Rocks Road. At 2 miles, take the left fork and park in Knight Park. The trailhead begins there. It crosses Three Rocks Road and follows parallel to the Sitka road on the east side. At Sitka Center, the trail crosses to the west side of the road and down the hill. You will see a large wooden sign for the Cascade Head Conservancy Trail leading into the forest. Although the trail is steep, it is well maintained. Before crossing the second steel bridge, look to your right for a large Y shaped log. At the inside V of the Y, look for a hole in the log and the camouflaged Alien. Please be gentle with him as he is the first stamp made by this First Grade Letterbox enthusiast!
A bit of info on Cascade Head: Formed by the uplift of underwater volcanic basalt flows, the headland is unusual for the extent of its prairies dominated by native species: red fescue, wild rye, Pacific reedgrass, coastal paintbrush, goldenrod, blue violet and streambank lupine.
The Oregon silverspot butterfly, federally listed as a threatened species, is known to only five other locations in the world. The butterfly depends on a single plant species, the early blue violet (which grows coastal grassland openings), to serve as food for its larvae. Elk, deer, coyote, snowshoe hare and the Pacific giant salamander frequent the preserve, while bald eagle, great horned owl, northern harrier, red-tail hawk and the occasional peregrine falcone soar in hunting forays over the grassy slopes.
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