Best Trails near Oakridge, Oregon

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on Spirit and Moon Falls Tra...
4 days ago

hiking

well, it would have been beautiful I'm sure, but the road we were on forest road 542-544 just was too overgrown. I was excited to go with my three kids and it was too scary once we reached only .5 miles from the trail. major bummer. we had to turn back and go to our regular river spot to cheer them up.

on Moonfalls Trail
12 days ago

hiking

Got soooo lost trying to find it. There's literally ONE sign that directs you toward moonfalls. Finally found it and all I could do was laugh as to not be so upset. It more like water falling down a hill instead of a waterfall! I've posted my pics. Wish I could've seen it when it was raging water like in some of the other pics!

on Maiden Peak Trail
13 days ago

hiking

I did the "long version" of the Maiden Peak Hike, combining the peak itself with a visit to the Rosary Lakes on the way up. This route does make the trail longer (a tad over 18 miles) but also provides additional scenic rewards: PCT to the three Rosary Lakes, quick stop at Maiden Lake and then the ascent to Maiden Peak.

I parked right off highway 58 at the spot where the PCT crosses it, half a mile East of the Willamette Pass Ski-Area. There is a large road-maintenance structure to the left of the highway (coming from Oakridge) and a parking at the PCT trailhead just East of that structure. The first 3 miles of the trail, on the PCT are almost due East, well shaded, and go gently up the Southern slope of the hill towards Rosary Lakes. This being the PCT, the trail is very well maintained and easy to travel; the only one might face, depending on the season, are the bugs that strive around Odell Lake (bring repellent!).

After three miles, the trail reaches the first and largest of the Rosary lakes. A good spot to take a quick break to rest feet and legs, to have a snack, or simply to enjoy the views of the lake and ridge to the West and North West. I was greeted by a nice and cool breeze which did a good job on this hot August day. There are quite a few camping spots right off the trail on the East side of the lake and a handful of parties had taken advantage of them the night before; the smell of breakfast where hard to ignore 

For a mile, the PCT levels out and hugs the Eastern shore of the three Rosary lakes and offer several “beach access” spots (on the return journey, I use one of them to refill my water supply and rest my aching feet). Passed the last lake, the trail veers first West and then switches back East as it climbs towards the Maiden Peak saddle. Halfway through that climb, the Maiden Lake Trail branches off on the right; I left the PCT and took that trail.

The Maiden Lake trail is narrower than the PCT and basically circles the southern slopes of Maiden Peak for about 3 miles before coming to Maiden Lake. Here again, the 3 miles are not steep but instead follow a bit of a roller coaster pattern with a globally upward direction. The trail passes Maiden Lake on the South side and about 100 feet up. However, a short descent does get you to the water here too. Passed Maiden Lake the trail heads East to join with the last leg of the trip.

A bit under the eight miles mark, I reached the intersection with the trail to Maiden Peak for the last 1.5 miles up. The grade steepens for the first mile that reaches the base of the cone. The last .5 miles starts very steep and hard to negotiate but soon even levels off a bit for a more “human” ascent to the summit. Only halfway un the cone do the views open up, but the 360 degrees at the top are worth every ounce of sweat that leads you there. On a not so clear day the views went from Shasta, Thielsen, Mc Loughlin and Diamond Peak in the southern direction to Broken Top, Sisters, Bachelor, Washington an Jefferson Northward.

on Waldo Lake Trail
14 days ago

backpacking

Three day backpack with son and 14 year old granddaughter, August 4-6. Awash in delicious huckleberries! Mosquitos love Waldo in July and August, so be prepared. My favorite place!

on Waldo Lake Trail
20 days ago

hiking

fantastic trail. hike ran west half. look for patches with plump huckleberries.

on Diamond Peak Via Pacific ...
20 days ago

hiking

I read Steven White's review and, being in my early 60s, decided to start from the North side of Summit Lake. As I came from Odell Lake, this meant driving a bit over six miles on a "primitive" forest road (the sign said so!). I did use the four wheel drive part of the way, stopping in a few spots to map out the way through (I drive an old Pathfinder). Coming via Oakridge and Diamond drive is a better option for sure.

Parking at the trail-head, this made for a 4.2 miles pleasant walk on the PCT before starting the ascent via the climbers' trail. No real views to talk about (except beautiful forest and ponds/lakes) until just before veering off the PCT; the views just open at that point and a flat area with rocks provide a nice resting/snacking spot.

No sign to mark the turn to the climbers trail. Look for two small cairns on he left side of the PCT instead shortly after the view/rest spot. The ascent does require stamina as Steven noted; it is a good 45 degrees angle for the one mile or so from PCT to South summit. The trail is quite visible and varied: packed dirt , rocky path... and the required amount of scree. Once at the South/false summit, a .3 miles spine leads to the true summit. There are a few "gendarmes" on the way and I stayed on the East side of all of them (as snow fields provided a good safety net on that side). The summit offers sweeping 360 degree views ,including most of the Oregon cascadse peaks. The views of the Northern ridge and the SouthEast and NorthWest slopes/bowls are nothing short of spectacular too.

The summit area is fairly small and I had the chance to enjoy it all by myself for about 20 minutes ; after that, if felt a bit crowded when two parties (one of 2 and one of 3) joined me :-)

Final note: DO bring insect repellent if you don't want to feel like hiker-buffet for fierce stinging creatures, especially in the vicinity of Summit Lake

on Spirit and Moon Falls Tra...
24 days ago

hiking

quick easy hike...drive was far but there are other waterfalls in the area.

on Bobby Lake Trail Via Wald...
28 days ago

easy trail, not much scenery prior to lake

on Waldo Lake Trail
28 days ago

great loop, watch out for skeeters.

on Erma Bell Lakes Trail
28 days ago

backpacking

i would have given this one five stars but the mosquitoes made it pretty miserable. We took two eight year olds for their first trip. trail, hike, camping spots were perfect. we swam in the middle lake and the fish we jumping out of the water! We had 100% deet and were still eaten alive! If you time this for September it might be better? It would have been great if the mosquitoes were not in swarm mode.

on Larison Creek Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike on a well maintained single track trail. Met one cyclist. Most of walk is along or within ear-shot of water. Nice pool at 3-3.5 miles.
Directions listed here were accurate and easy to follow. No toilet at trailhead :)

on Waldo Lake Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Haven't hiked it in a while but remember it being beautiful and hard, but we had to turn back because the trail wasn't being maintained. Too many fallen trees on the trail

on Spirit and Moon Falls Tra...
1 month ago

hiking

This was a amazing trail & hike. easy hike in & out! Love that you can get close the falls!

on Moonfalls Trail
2 months ago

hiking

on Chucksney Mountain Trail
2 months ago

hiking

I hiked Chucksney Mountain on June 25 via Chucksney Trail and then Grasshopper Trail on the way back to make it a loop.

The total distance is just about 11 Miles... but felt like 15 or 16 due to a large number of blowdowns on both trails (Chucksney being the worst). As I did not see a single soul for the whole 6 hours I surmise that more astute hikers may have gotten news that the House Keeping crew had not yet gotten to clear all the fallen trees. Climbing over, ducking under, bushwhacking my way around, walking on a couple logs for 200 feet in one case made this medium distance hike a rather challenging one. The trails (especially Chucksney again) was overgrown in many places. On the "challenges" side I can also mention the bugs and mosquitoes at the top (thank you Bug Spray!).

If you are lucky enough to find the trail "spruced up" this would be a rather enjoyable forest walk or workout depending on your shape. There are a few views on the way up Chucksney trail but the best is really from the top where you can see many peak of the Cascades (Diamond Peak, Bachelor, the three Sisters, Broken Top, Jefferson...even Hood.

If you are only doing this hike for the views, its a long way to go; but maybe, like me, you find many pleasures in spending a few hours following a trail :-)

on Salt Creek - Diamond Cree...
2 months ago

hiking

Good hike. Trails are nicely marked. Mosquitos are terrible so bring bug spray!!! Got caught in a thunderstorm but it was cool. Did this hike with my dog and he had fun playing in the creek. Salt creek trail was super busy but we had the diamond falls trail to ourselves.

on Salmon Creek
2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful

on Salt Creek - Diamond Cree...
2 months ago

easily do-able. breathtaking views. didn't want to leave. a picnic is a great idea. would not recommend bringing young children.