In 1915, Jesse Wright (1898-1990) and her husband,
Perry, homesteaded nearby. The trail will take you along
an old roadbed, into Dark Canyon, through a forest of
Douglas-fir and big-leaf maple, and below the volcanic
remnants of Eagle Rock and Old Man Rock.
Several side trails intersect with this segment.
The Illahee Flats Trail (1 mile) leads to a scenic Cascade
meadow used in the past as an American Indian gathering
place and a Forest Service Guard Station; and now as
a popular area for equestrians.
The Boulder Creek and
Bradley Trails provide a loop trail through the Boulder
Creek Wilderness. Both trails are closed to mountain
molten lava flowed, then cooled, these vertical
columns were formed. Over the years, brightly colored
lichens have grown adding spectacular contrast to
the unique pillars.