Norway Trail in autumn

Trail Sign

Trail Sign

I took a hike on the Norway Trail the other day. It was a beautiful autumn day with the sun out and temps in the upper 50s.

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entrance to Norway Hiking Trail

Norway Trail

Norway Trail

on this end of the hiking trail, there is a nice bridge over some water

Princess Pine

Princess Pine

On the southern entrance to the Norway Trail is a beautiful landscape full of the different species of Clubmoss, or Lycopodium (from Greek lukos, wolf and podion, diminutive of pous, foot).

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Running Clubmoss

this Lycopodium species is sometimes called “wolf’s claw”. I like to call it running clubmoss because of its’ growing habit.

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Shining Clubmoss

Another Clubmoss, that I was happy to see, is Shining Clubmoss. I don’t see this plant very often – it may be quite rare. The difference with this Clubmoss is that the strobiles do not grow on top of the plant – the strobiles are along the stem of the plant.

shining clubmoss

Shining Clubmoss

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Trailing Arbutus with buds set for next spring

Another plant that is growing abundantly in this area is Trailing Arbutus. Trailing Arbutus is one of the very first plants to flower in the spring and you can see the buds have already been set on this plant. It’s all ready to burst into flower next spring as soon as the days start to get longer.

All these plants are evergreen andĀ  you will find lots of theseĀ green plants if you dig under the thick blanket of snow this winter.

 

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2 Responses to Norway Trail in autumn

  1. Steve Ring says:

    Thanks for posting this. The club mosses are great. I have never tried to identify the species, but now I am inclined to try it.

    I backpacked the Norway Trail once about 30 years ago. The campsite at Trout Lake was already occupied and we were covered in ticks (it was spring). We turned around and hiked out arriving on the Echo Trail in the dark — landed at Lake Jeanette.

    Your post made me realize that now there is more than one entry to the Norway Trail. My wife and I have hiked most of the trails in this region, but 8 miles always seemed like a long way. We will check it out next summer.

    Steve

    • Vacation says:

      Wear swamper rubber boots – there’s places where you have to walk through water. The Forest Service needs to do maintenance on this trail. Also be sure to bring a compass or GPS – I don’t know what the middle of the trail is like.

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