By Greg Gillson and Stefan Schlick
General directions: From Staleys Junction, at intersection of Hwy 26 and Hwy 47, go 7.0 miles towards Vernonia. This is 1.0 miles past the Tophill Trailhead of the Banks-Vernonia Linear State Park (rest rooms here).
Habitats: Johnson Road is gated after 2 miles.
Comments: MOUNTAIN QUAIL and WESTERN BLUEBIRD in clearcut at mile 0.1. Also a SOOTY GROUSE head in April 2003. RUFFED GROUSE can show up up anywhere within the first 0.5mi.
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS at mile 1.2 in standing snags and western redcedar left standing. Up to 6 on 20 March 2004. This is the main access point for exploring the clearcuts in the area. Also watch for NORTHERN GOSHAWK here.
Main road gated at mile 1.5 but side road to right continues another 0.4 miles. At end of this side road a GRAY JAY and 6 HUTTON'S VIREOS in March 2004. This is also a reliable site for HERMIT WARBLER
Also along road: PILEATED WOODPECKER, VARIED THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, HAIRY WOODPECKER, EVENING GROSBEAK.