Cascade Head

Ocean from Cascade Head
View of the Pacific Ocean from Cascade Head

In the northwest region of Oregon lies the magnificent natural attraction of Cascade Head. The 270-acre tourist spot is a home for wildlife and rare plants alike which flourish on the coast of Oregon. Aside from that, Cascade head is also a habitat for the native prairie grasses, silverspot butterfly, and rare wildflowers.

Cascade Head welcomes about 10,000 visitors, both local and tourists each year. Three trails are available to visitors, one lower trail which is open all year round and two upper trails open from July 16 through December 31 to conserve the wildlife and plantlife. All of the birds and animals living here are very sensitive to noises and other factors that may cause disturbance, so authorities have laid out guidlines and rules for hikers to preserve this beautiful spot.

If you are expecting to see a wide array of plants in Oregon, then you would not be disappointed when you decided to hike at the Cascade Head. You will see many native plants all around the area, including the Wild rye, red fescue, coastal paintbrush, Pacific red grass, blue violet, goldenrod, and stream bank lupine to name a few. You can also see the very rare flower, the hairy checker mallow.

Animal enthusiasts will also be amazed with wildlife creatures that can be found at Cascade Head. Here Pacific giant salamander, snowshoe hare, elk, coyote, and deer can be seen. At the same time, it is also a nesting ground for various aerial creatures such as the great horned owl, bald eagle, red tail hawk, and northern harrier. The peregrine falcone is also an occasional visitor at Cascade Head. But above all, it is the Oregon silverspot butterfly that people usually look out for when hiking here, now considered one of the threatened species in the world.

As of today, a vast range of actions are taken in order to restore and maintain Cascade Head which is a home for the Oregon silverspot butterfly. As the early blue violet, food for the rare butterfly, takes many years to reach maturity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Oregon Zoo collaborated to increase the number of female species of the silverspots. These butterflies are reared and once hatched the new silverspots are released at Cascade Head to live and flourish.

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