“This is the southernmost trail up to the Zipporah Pond, with a nice steady incline for approximately a mile.”
— Tim Brennan
Wildflowers · Wildlife
The park is open from sunrise to sunset. There are no facilities in the park. The City of Ferndale maintains clean facilities at Fireman's Park and on Main Street next to the post office.
There are roots, rocks, and stairs on most of the trails in this area. All may be slippery in the winter months.
The Main Trail is the least demanding incline to Zipporah Pond of the three routes available. You'll still be rewarded with a one-mile run round-trip. As you begin the trail, you'll need to watch your step, as there are exposed root systems from the large spruce and fir trees. When you reach the pond, you'll be able to relax on nice redwood benches while you pick the next trail to conquer or return to the trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
Russ Park has spruce, grand fir, Douglas fir, and red alder on the slopes. A few redwoods were planted here in about 1930. You'll experience ferns, trillium, and rhododendron along the way, all typical of this area's forest understory. You may find abundant wildlife from bears to banana slugs.
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