|This is newt a test|
Starting in Hebo, drive up the narrow, paved road for about four and a half miles to Hebo Lake. This small campground features accessible fishing docks and parking for the Pioneer-Indian Trail. The day -use facilities also include a popular rustic picnic shelter with a stone fireplace; this is the place to be when Hebo is shrouded in wet coastal fog. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, but rough-skinned newts are far more abundant. These charming, placid creatures love worms, so use artificial bait to avoid catching them on your hook. They can be fun to observe, but if you handle them be sure to wash your hands afterward as their skin harbors a poison. This should not have to be said, but due to stories I have heard, I must say it: do not eat rough-skinned newts. Just don't. You have been warned.
Continuing up the mountain, you will find a parking area for horse trailers on your right, as well as scattered spur roads and pull-outs that are popular for dispersed camping. Around eight miles up, you will find the first summit. Turn left into the parking area below a group of antenna towers. Walk a little further up the road to an interpretive sign depicting the old radar base. Anyone able to walk on a dirt track can wander out to the edge of the summit, which offers wonderful views on a clear day. Look for Haystack Rock near Pacific City as well as coastal valley farms.
|A particularly interesting piece of the radar tower|
As for the Gosen-Case family gathering, boats were floated, marshmallows were roasted, and trails were explored, but no fish were harmed in the making of this blog post, despite our most earnest efforts.
If You Go
To find the road up Mt. Hebo, drive to Hebo on Highway 101 and turn onto Highway 22, which branches off of the "elbow" of 101. As you reach the edge of town, look for Mt. Hebo Road on your left. If you see the Hebo Ranger District building, you just passed it. Once you are on the road, Hebo Lake Campground will be on your right about four and a half miles up.
|The old road bed on the Pioneer Indian Trail|
|View from summit|
click here for an excellent map. Many hikers park at Hebo Lake, but horse trailers must park a little further up the road. Some people even backpack this trail, which varies from steep forest paths and level roadbeds to faint meadow tracks.
So next time you're on the northern coast, bring a fishing pole and maybe a canoe. Bring a camera. Find a little of Oregon's history. Discover Mt. Hebo.
|This is a picture of what the tower looked like in its day...|
|... and this is the hill that it once stood on.|
|You can still see where the edge of the tower stood.|
|One can still find strange objects scattered about. This is a thermos...|
|... and this is a manhole in the middle of a field...|
|... and this is a sofa.|