If you’re looking for an easy destination to do some roadside botanizing, Warfield Bog has quite a variety of habitats right by the road, including a small lake, and a number of interesting and unusual species. If you’re fascinated by bogs, a short bushwhack will take you into the heart of the bog with its many channels and open pools filled with aquatic plants—bring tall rubber boots if this is your goal! It’s also a great place to see small wildlife, with an abundance of butterflies, dragonflies, and other friendly insects, as well as frogs and snakes making their home here. Be aware that hunters use the area in the fall, and there are unfortunate signs of human impact (you might want to bring a plastic bag to remove some of this if you want to leave it prettier than you found it.)
No Trail (~4900′)
Location: southeastern Lane County; Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District
USGS Map: Mount David Douglas; T22S.R5E.S29
Habitats: lake, creek, bog, wet meadow, meadow, forest, roadside
Bloom: July to September
There are two ways to get to Warfield Bog. It makes a good loop to go one way and return the other. The latter route is longer and the road may be a little rougher, but it is worth it for the abundance of wildflowers growing along the side of the road.
Take Highway 58 2 miles past Oakridge to Kitson Springs County Road (Rd 23). Stay left and follow Rd 23 for 8.7 miles. Turn left at Road 5875. Continue for 1.1 miles and turn right onto Rd 2316. Follow this for 6.5 miles. Turn right at the intersection of Road 527. Park a short ways down this road across from the small lake.
Take Highway 58 2 miles past Oakridge to Kitson Springs County Road (Rd 23). Stay left and follow Rd 23 for 16.3 miles of pavement. Where the pavement ends, turn left onto Road 2316 and follow it for 5.7 miles to the top of the ridge. The spur road to the left goes to the top of Wolf Mountain. There is a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains from here as well as a good view down to the bog and other wetlands to your left. Continue on the road another 1.9 miles and turn left at the intersection of Road. 527. Park a short ways down this road across from the small lake.
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