Out to Pasture Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail

Sweet Home, Oregon

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A resident herd of 35 to 45 Roosevelt elk spend the winter in the pasture of this former ranch before heading to the high country for the summer. A 0.1-mile trail begins at the west end of the trailhead parking lot. The wide, gravel trail is barrier free, and there are benches along the way if you need to stop and rest. The trail climbs to a double platform and walkway with expansive views of the pasture below. From the platforms, scan the pasture with a spotting scope or binoculars for elk standing and feeding or lying down. If you do not see any elk in the middle of the meadow, carefully scan the edges of the forest that encircles it. Often, the elk congregate at one end of the pasture.

Out to Pasture: Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A resident herd of 35 to 45 Roosevelt elk spend the winter in the pasture of this former ranch before heading to the high country for the summer. A 0.1-mile trail begins at the west end of the trailhead parking lot.

The wide, gravel trail is barrier free, and there are benches along the way if you need to stop and rest. The trail climbs to a double platform and walkway with expansive views of the pasture below. From the platforms, scan the pasture with a spotting scope or binoculars for elk standing and feeding or lying down. If you do not see any elk in the middle of the meadow, carefully scan the edges of the forest that encircles it. Often, the elk congregate at one end of the pasture."

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Sweet Home
Duration: 45 minutes plus driving time
Season: Best late January
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Sweet Home Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Out to Pasture: Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail

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May 2018