Step Creek Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Timber, OR that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Note: There is a new section of trail (2014) that cuts off a bit of the portion where you walked the road. This is really a pretty nice hike through second growth forests. Lots of moss, nice open forest floor, and stream crossings.
Nice mossy vine maples and second growth Doug fir. Has a nice feel to it. There's a meadow at the far SE end of the trail.
This trail is just a short, out-and-back offshoot of the longer Gales Creek trail. It's worth checking out if you're hiking through anyway.