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Monday, February 06, 2012

Trail Report: Gresham-Fairview Trail – Old Rail Grade through Fairview Creek Headwaters

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Here is another “trail report” that is not really a trail report, but really just a collection of photos and information about a trail or a location.  In this case, though, the trail is now closed.  Really closed.

Earlier tonight, while putting together a “trail report” for the main Gresham-Fairview Trail, I started throwing in these pictures from the old rail grade path/road that was closed in 2011 to protect the Western Painted Turtles.

I decided that these photos should be a part of a separate post, instead.  A post on the actual Gresham-Fairview Trail is in the works.

This route was, of course, the original planned route for the Gresham-Fairview Trail, but eventually the trail route was moved over concern that the increased traffic on the route would chase off the turtles, which are a native species who’s local population is considered to be at “critical” risk due to habitat loss from development and from other, invasive species of turtle.

What little history I could find in a couple quick internet searches on the Troutdale Line of the Springwater Rail Line can be found at the bottom of this post.

For more information on the turtles, see: http://www.oregonturtles.com

The original Gresham-Fairview plan also included a board walk connecting the rail grade to the currently undeveloped South West Community Park along an old farm road that has mostly been reclaimed by the wetlands.

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Drawing from original 2002 trail plan: Gresham-Fairview Trail Master Plan

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The trace of the old farm road is clearly visible, running east-west across the rail grade, in this Google Earth image.

View from the old farm road.  Fairview Creek Headwaters / Southwest Community Park.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 5, 2011.

View from the old farm road.  Fairview Creek Headwaters / Southwest Community Park.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 5, 2011. Gresham-Fairview Trail.  Powell Bridge.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 5, 2011. View from the old farm road.  Fairview Creek Headwaters / Southwest Community Park.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 5, 2011.

I miss this trail.  While surrounded by suburbs, it still felt like we were out in the country on this path.  I don’t really want to risk a $2500 fine, though, to reclaim those memories. 

We used to have to bushwhack our way down to the path from the south end and, on our last trip down there, once we made it to the path it would have been a hard scramble through the blackberries to get back to the current trail, so we risked the fine and took a final, farewell walk…

There used to be an abandoned shack at the south end that was demolished when the new trail went through.  It was pretty much used as a homeless camp and I am not sure about it’s history.  I do not think I ever got a really good picture of it, and I cannot find one tonight.

Now, some photos…

June 24, 2011.

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Southwest Park, Gresham, Oregon.  June 24, 2011.  Last walk on the old railroad grade.  It is now closed so it can return to nature.

Southwest Park, Gresham, Oregon.  June 24, 2011.  Last walk on the old railroad grade.  It is now closed so it can return to nature. Southwest Park, Gresham, Oregon.  June 24, 2011.  Last walk on the old railroad grade.  It is now closed so it can return to nature.  One of the Western Painted Turtles being protected by the path closure.  100_5273_thumb2

July 3, 2009

HPIM8886_thumb1 Gresham, Oregon.  July 3, 2009.

April 24, 2009.

Old rail grade.  Fairview Creek headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 2009.

Grant Butte from old rail grade.  Fairview Creek Headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009. Fairview Creek Headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009. Old Fence. Fairview Creek Headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009.

Canada Goose from old rail grade.  Fairview Creek Headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009.

Red Winged Blackbird from old rail grade.  Fairview Creek Headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009.

Western Painted Turtles.  Taken on April 24, 2009.  I think I miss the turtles the most.  That being the case, though, if staying away will help ensure their well being…

Western Painted Turtle.  Fairview Creek Headwaters.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009.

Western Painted Turtles.  Troutdale Trolley Rail Grade.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009.

Western Painted Turtle.  Troutdale Trolley Rail Grade.  Gresham, Oregon.  April 24, 2009.

The rail grade was for the Troutdale Branch of the Springwater Line, discussed here: http://www.abandonedrails.com/Portland_to_Cazadero

Abandoned Rails: Portland to Cazadero:

The city of Gresham is building a new rail-trail that will connect with the Cazadero (Springwater) Line at the old Linneman station.

The trail follows portions of the the right-of-way of the old Troutdale Branch north to where the ROW crossed what is now NE Halsey Street in Fairview.

There is an elevated overcrossing of Powell Boulevard near the junction with the Springwater Trail, and surface crossings of Division Street, Burnside Street, and Glisan Street.

The trail segment between Powell and Division actually diverges from the old ROW for most of its distance because the ROW here passes through a protected wetland area.

There were still two intact track segments along the ROW, both of them just north of division. Construction crews removed them in September 2010.

Historically, the Troutdale Branch was an interurban connection to the Cazadero Line from 1907 to 1927. After passenger service was abandoned, the segment from Linneman to Ruby Junction remained in service as a freight route into northeast Gresham. From Ruby Junction east, trains operated on a segment of the old Bull Run interurban.

The old Bull run ROW from Ruby Junction east to Cleveland Avenue in Gresham is now the east end of the TriMet MAX Blue Line light rail.

The Troutdale Branch segment from Ruby Junction south to Linneman was last used in 1985-1986 for the delivery of TriMet's original light rail cars to the Ruby Junction shops. The north end of this segment disappeared when the shops complex was built.

Thomas McCann
Gresham, OR
11/17/2010

Additional information from Mr. McCann…

Troutdale Trolley Traces: NERAIL The NERAIL Transit Photo Archive:

This overgrown track in northwest Gresham, Ore. is a remnant of the old Troutdale branch of the Portland Railway Light and Power Company, which operated interurban service over the branch from 1907 to 1927.

Passenger service along this branch ran from Troutdale to Linneman Junction along the company's Cazadero, or Springwater Line between Portland and Estacada. The old Cazadero ROW is now the popular Springwater Trail.

The fence in the far background marks the southern edge of TriMet's Ruby Junction light rail yard and shop complex.

After the end of interurban service, this portion of the line remained open as far as Ruby Junction, where it connected with the old Mount Hood Railway interurban line between northeast Portland and the Bull Run area east of Gresham.

These tracks, as part of the East Portland Traction Company route to Gresham, were last used around 1984-1985 for deliveries of TriMet's original light rail cars to Ruby Junction.

The City of Gresham has developed this portion of the old ROW as a follow-on phase of its Gresham-Fairview Trail, which covers the old Troutdale branch from Fairview, just north of Gresham, to a junction with the Springwater Trail at the old Linneman Junction site in southwest Gresham.

Photographed by Thomas McCann, August 4, 2009.
Added to the photo archive by Thomas Mccann, August 5, 2009.

Wikipedia…

Troutdale, Oregon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Electric interurban service connecting Troutdale with Gresham began in 1907, operated by the Portland Railway, Light and Power Company and connecting in Gresham with interurban service through to Portland.[5] The line was abandoned in 1927.[5][6] From at least the 1940s[7] through the 1960s, bus transit service connecting Troutdale with Gresham and Portland was provided by a private company named Portland Stages, Inc.[8]

Flikr Slideshow of the length of the Gresham-Fairview Trail, including these photos…

 

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Final Cut: One Day On Earth 11.11.11

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2012 Calendar: Any requests? (And a slideshow to prime the pump)

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Update: 11/25/11
Working on the calendar and on a new Cafe Press Store (http://www.cafepress.com/AFLitt)... Unfortunately, I am having some technical issues putting together the calendar on deviantArt right now and Cafe Press does not seem to offer this product at this time...

I'll let everyone know when these issues are resolved.

Thanks!

11/22/11
Today I am putting together a calendar featuring my photos.  It should be available for purchase on deviantArt tomorrow (11/23).
Just in time for Black Friday!  (Wink, nod, nudge, Bob’s yer uncle…)
A while back, I asked people to let me know if there were any images they would like to see.  Thud. Crickets.  “Who wants to see your photos, anyway?”
Well, I thought I would ask again. 
If there are any photos that you think would make a nice addition to your wall for one month in 2012, let me know!
Comment on Facebook, on this post, through Twitter, in Picasa, etc…
Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with this project!

 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

200th Photo of the Day: Map

Not very clear, but it show the geographic range of the photos I've featured so far.



200th Photo of the Day: Slideshow

This is a slide show of the Photo of the Day folder on Picasa, my main on-line archive for these pictures. So, after today, there will be more than 200 pictures in the slideshow, all of them will be there, but for now...



Saturday, September 03, 2011

2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection: The Third Batch

Mostly, this update is to the family photos on Facebook, where I've added the John Day Fossil Beds from Day Three, one or two from Day Four (a travel day more than a sightseeing day), and from Joseph and Wallowa Lake on the morning of Day Four.  A few shots have also trickled up into the Picasa album, but not that many.  Been busy with other things but I'll get them done.  Eventually...

The scenic photos on Picasa:
2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Additional photos of the family and general randomness on Facebook:
2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection - Family


Here is a slideshow of what has been uploaded, so far, to Picasa:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Central Oregon Wildfires

One of the things that struck me on our recent camping trip was how many of the places we visited had been tremendously effected over the last decade or so by wildfires. Looks like this summer will be no different, with new fires springing up in the areas we visited last week.

2nd night of lightning sparks new wildfires in Central Ore. - Koinlocal6.com: "Federal fire dispatchers say there were far fewer strikes on Thursday night, though, than the night before. Thursday's stormy weather was concentrated in the Willamette Valley and northwest parts of the state — areas that didn't get hit on Wednesday, when lightning started nearly 200 range fires.

"East of the Cascade Range, federal agencies list nine large fires as of Friday morning, one of them a complex of five fires burning on both sides of the John Day River in Central Oregon.

"The night before, a science camp for kids had to pull up stakes and head for a safer spot. The fire area is 13,000 acres, 20 square miles."


Lightning strikes near Bend, as seen from Awbrey Butte the evening of Aug. 24, 2011. (Michael Caligure, KOIN)
'via Blog this'

Some photos from our trip:

From 000-FB Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day, August 24, 2011. Taken August 16, 2011. Mt. Jefferson from Peninsula Campground on Olallie Lake.

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Forest fire snags and Mt. Jefferson. Pacific Crest Trail above Breitenbush Lake, Oregon. August 17, 2011.

The Olallie Lake Scenic Area apparently was affected by fires in both 2001 and 2010.

From 2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Forest fire snags. Santiam Pass, Oregon. August 17, 2011.

From 2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Three Fingered Jack from Santiam Pass. August 17, 2011.

From 2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Forest fire snags at Saddle Creek Campground, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Oregon. August 20, 2011.

From 2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Display on the 1989 Summit Fire, Hat Point Day Use Area, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Oregon. August 21, 2011.

Some links:

Much of Olallie Lake Scenic Area opens after closure due to fire | OregonLive.com
Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 9:11 AM Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 9:29 AM



"The View Lake fire in the southern Mount Hood National Forest is sufficiently contained to allow the reopening of Olallie Lake Resort this morning.

"The 102-acre blaze is 90 percent contained. In its early stages around Aug. 20, it burned some campers' tents in Peninsula campground. The campground had been evacuated quickly prior to the incident, so no one was injured."

"Other parts of the Olallie Lake Scenic Area will remain closed for the season.

"Here's the update:

"The closed part of the Olallie Lake Scenic Area was partially opened (on the north end of the scenic area,with a closure remaining in effect south of Camp Ten campground) at 12:01 a.m., Sept. 1."


InciWeb the Incident Information System: View Lake Fire Complex
"The View Lake Fire Complex consists of several lightning-caused fires in Olallie Lake Scenic Area, Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and Bull of the Woods Wilderness on the Mt Hood and Willamette National Forests, 45 miles east of Estacada, Oregon."


https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ftp/InciWeb/ORMHF/2010-08-26-13:43-view-lake-fire-complex/picts/pict-20100907-171259-0.jpeg
B&B Complex Fires - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"The B&B Complex Fires were a linked pair of wildfires that together burned 90,769 acres (367.33 km2) of Oregon forest during the summer of 2003. The fire complex began as two separate fires, the Bear Butte Fire and the Booth Fire. The two fires were reported on the same day and eventually burned together, forming a single fire area that stretched along the crest of the Cascade Mountains between Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington. On the western side of the Cascades, the fire consumed mostly Douglas-fir and western hemlock. On the eastern side of the mountains, the fire burned mostly Ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and jack pine. Most of the burned area was on public land administered by the United States Forest Service including 40,419 acres (163.57 km2) within the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. The fire also burned forest land on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and small areas of state and private land. Firefighters battled the blaze for 34 days. At the peak of the firefighting effort, there were over 2,300 personnel working on the fire. The cost of fire suppression was over $38 million."


Satellite view of the B&B fires on 24 August


Flare up of Bear Butte Fire on the afternoon of August 19
The Booth and Bear Butte fires on 26 August

Thursday, August 25, 2011

2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection: Horseshoe Lake

I've added the photos from the first night and second morning, camping at Horseshoe Lake in the Olallie Lake Scenic Area.

The scenic photos will land on Picasa:
2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Additional photos of the family and general randomness will land on Facebook:
2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection - Family


Here is a slideshow of what has been uploaded, so far, to Picasa:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection: The First Batch

It will take awhile to get through all of the photos from the camping trip, but I'll post up the links every few days as I go through them.  Also, for awhile, the daily photos will be coming from the trip as I run through them, posted up in chronological order as they were taken, starting with this morning's.

The scenic photos will land on Picasa:
2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection

Additional photos of the family and general randomness will land on Facebook:
2011-08 Camping Trip - Central Oregon Bisection - Family
 

Here is a slideshow of the first Picasa batch:

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Picasa: Slideshow and a Win!



In a come from behind victory, Picasa is now my new dumping ground for photos. It has all the features I like, the free capacity is enough to keep me going for a while, and adding 10x the storage only costs $5 a year. Which is close enough to free for me. Plus, it uploads automatically from my files. Nice. I already knew it did this, but I didn't want to start using this feature until I decided whether or not Picasa would be my "home."

Until I upgrade the storage, I will not be saving full sized photos here, but once I do upgrade, this will work as well. Overall, it is everything I've been looking for and more.

So, what do I mean by home? It is a dumping ground for everything without a thumb in it, essentially, as I keep saying. This means that there may be three or four pictures in a row that are nearly identical. This may mean that a lot of boring and mediocre pictures go here. What it means is that this is not my Portfolio, nor even a showcase for my pictures. If anything, it is a backup of my hard drive.

So what am I going to do with the other sites? Well, the role Picasa will be taking obviously suggests some uses. I think I may go ahead and use Flickr for something between Picasa (dump) and deviantArt (my "portfolio" for now). I'll even keep the Photobucket around for the challenges. The Photo of the Day will probably go to all of them.

As for Facebook? Yes, unlimited storage, yadda, yadda... Easy enough interface. But I hate the viewer... From now on, I think I am pretty much done uploading there. While I will probably not remove what I've already uploaded there, I will be rebuilding those galleries in Picasa and elsewhere, eventually.

Of course, all of this may change. But these are my thoughts for now.

Photobucket Slideshow