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Sounds of Two Rivers Trail
Rob Williams
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02/16/2013 - 7:53 pm
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Well, this forum has been here for a while, and no one has posted any trails to it.  I'm going to be brave and post the first trail, however I don't think it is any big secret to anyone who spends much time in the district.  The trail is informally called "Sounds of Two Rivers" trail, since you hear both the Clackamas and Roaring River on it.  The trailhead is about a half mile west of the Roaring River campground.  It is off the road under some powerlines.  If you go to the west end of that clearing, you'll see a place to park:

 

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If you go into the trees where indicated, you will see a trail that takes off up the hill.  It is very apparent and pretty easy to follow until you get up the hill a ways.  There are a few sections that get a little faint, but for the most part the trail is very easy to follow.  It continues up the hill to the end at the 4611-020 spur road.  Here is a map of the trail:

 

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I'm sure other members here can add more details about this trail.  The trail is about 2.3 miles total (one way).  It makes a nice round trip hike in the wintertime.  It gains almost 2000' of elevation if you take it all the way to the top.

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02/16/2013 - 10:25 pm
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I've heard this trail can be used to make a nice loop down to the Roaring River and then come back down to the Clackamas on the south side of the Roaring on the Dry Ridge Trail. Wink

 

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02/17/2013 - 12:13 am
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Hiking the "Sounds of Two Rivers" is a great trail, especially in the winter months when we can't reach the higher trails. With the trailhead at a 1000', it is usually acessable almost all winter long.

The loop trail mentioned is another story. I heard that it was more of a "death march" to someone close on this site. Someone's pleasure is another one's nightmare. We just hope you live to tell about it. I wouldn't hike that loop route they mention unless my live, my family, or my hiking  partner life depended upon it.

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02/17/2013 - 12:33 am
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I take that back, the loop route would be a death march only if you have to do it in a day. Spend the night at Huxley Lake or the Roaring River and make a 2 day adventure out of it. Come on, slow down, smell the flowers, and enjoy the trip. We only get one try at this.

Don

Robert Koscik
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Don you're hilarious!  

Hey the old maps show the trail starting at a different place.  Did the powerlines wipe out this original beginning?

Donovan
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02/17/2013 - 7:18 pm
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There used to be a Guard Station there. But the power lines, the quarry which may have been for the rail grade altered the area. There is an old table up on the knoll between the road and the clearing.

There is old writings about that spot. Clyde Rice (?) book I think.

 

What we use to get to the top of the clearing now was kind of there before. I couldn't decide if it was old CRT, on that side then, or to do with quicksilver mine or the station. there has been a lot of activity around there.

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I did see the GS on the '16 map.  It looks like the road wiped it out, depending on how accurate the old map is.  Such a busy place, hard to believe it was once so quiet.

Rob Williams
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02/23/2013 - 12:00 pm
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Donovan said
 

There is old writings about that spot. Clyde Rice (?) book I think.

couldn't decide if it was old CRT, on that side then, or to do with quicksilver mine or the station. there has been a lot of activity around there.
 

Was this the Clyde Rice in question? 

http://www.clyderice.org/?page=4

Looks like two books might fit the bill:  A Heaven in the Eye or Nordi's Gift.

Also, what is this talk of a mine?  There is a mine up the sounds trail somewhere?

Donovan
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02/23/2013 - 6:46 pm
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Yes. I believe he was describing a picnic outing with a wife or girlfriend and her family.

It has been a while since reading.

 

I wouldn't read them again.

 

Don2

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