Cascade Head Scenic Research Area includes an experimental forest which was established in 1934 as a study of typical coastal Sitka spruce-western hemlock forest found along the Oregon Coast and is also within the Siuslaw National Forest. The forested ecosystems include young and mature stands of Sitka spruce-western hemlock some 150 years old.
The trail is steep in places and about 6 miles round trip...all down and all back up.
The old growth trees are huge.
And there were other growths like these fungi:
The hike back up...straight up...wasn't much fun for Joel, but we made it. Next we headed over to Depoe Bay, noted as the world's smallest harbor. It is a few miles down the road, and a place Joel was familiar with. He says it would be a great kayaking area.