Thurston Hills Hike is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near Springfield, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.
Hike unmarked roads and trails to an incredible view of Jasper Valley and Thurston. Up in the Thurston Hills, past the Mountain Gate housing developments are two small hills. The smaller one has a nice viewpoint about half way up, but the summit is covered in trees. The climb up the larger hill is much more rewarding with one wide open view of Jasper Valley from one viewpoint, and Thurston from a second viewpoint. There is also a grove of madrone at the top of the larger hill. Neither of these hills have nice trails. You will have to find your way along dirt roads and faint trails.