Bunchgrass Ridge East Approach

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Bunchgrass Ridge East Approach est un sentier allez-retour de 10.2 miles peu fréquenté situé près de Oakridge, Oregon. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités.

Distance: 10.2 miles Dénivelé: 2,014 feet Type d'itinéraire: Aller-retour

randonnée sac-à-dos

randonnée

activités en pleine nature

forêt

vue panoramique

fleurs sauvages

No facilities at this trailhead but ample parking spaces

randonnée
couvert de végétation
5 months ago

We hiked this trail between the evening of Sat. Aug 10- Sun. Aug 11. We followed the instructions in Gerard Bonfils review (below) and everything was as described - thank you Gerard. The overgrown parts of the trail are still easy to follow so that wasn't a problem. We hiked in approximately two miles on Saturday in very foggy conditions and found a place to camp among wildflowers. The site was on an incline though, not many flat spots since you're hiking on the ridge. We woke up Sunday with still very low visibility due to low hanging clouds, but they burned off in the afternoon to great views! We hiked the rest of the trail in day packs leaving our other gear at our site, and picked it up on the way out. We encountered only one other pair (bikers) over 24 weekend hours. No water access that we found, so pack everything you'll need to drink/cook if you're staying overnight. Definitely worth it and loved the solitude, we will want to do it again when there is more visibility!

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arbres tombés
couvert de végétation
6 months ago

I hiked this trail in late June. Here are a few observations about it. 1. The "Bunchgrass Ridge" is part of the Eugene to PCT route and, as such, can be used for a variety of activities, including hiking, backpacking, camping, etc. 2. The namesake for this areas stems from the relatively unique "bunchgrass meadows" that make for a very pleasant scenery and wide open spaces that are not the typical experience in the Willamette forest. Open spaces also mean good views of the surroundings which, in this case, include Diamond Peak, Mt Yoran, Fuji Mountain and The Twins (mostly from southeast to northeast). 3. The access to the trailhead is via NFR 5883 and then a short spur on 379 (total about 7.5 miles). With the exception of the first .5 miles at the bottom (full of potholes) the forest road is easy to navigate, even with a passenger car. 4. There is a very large area at the trailhead, mostly flat, that probably can accommodate more vehicles than would park there on most days. Note: the TOPO map showed another access point via 5883-378 but this does not offer much parking at all, is not too easy to turn around from, and does not have an easily identifiable trailhead (very much overgrown). 5. As this is mostly an out-and-back route, you can choose how far you want to go on a day-hike. I went 5 miles in to a spot that provides access to two rocky outcroppings that offer good 360 degree views. The Big Bunchgrass meadow is located between mile 2 and mile 3. I would recommend going to about the 3 miles mark as you will have good views toward Diamond Peak and, if you turn around, the best views of the meadow (including its upper reaches) as well as Fuji Mountain and The Twins in the distance. 6. The makeup of the first 5 miles is as follows: the first section (1 mile) is through a very lovely old-growth forest; this is also were I encountered about half a dozen blowdowns that slowed my pace a bit (nothing too challenging though). The second section (mile 1 to mile 2) is inching downhill over more bushy/overgrown terrain -- more attention to footing was required, especially considering the gopher holes on the track. This section also offers the first southeast views toward Diamond Peak. Mile 2 to mile 3 is a traverse of the lower portion of Big Bunchgrass meadow and a fairly gentle climb to a saddle that will open the views toward the west. This alternatively goes through grasslands and a younger pine forest. The next section descends abruptly from the saddle, with great views of the western portion of Bunchgrass Ridge. The last mile (to the next saddle and access to the panoramic-view rocky knolls) is following the northern slope of the ridge. All but the first section demand good attention to where you place your feet. Little Bunchgrass meadow is another 3 miles further if you have time and stamina to get there... and back. 6. As most of the time is spent in open landscape, a hat and sun protection are a good idea. 7. When in season (as it was during my hike), wildflowers provide an additional incentive to try this route. 8. I did not encounter a soul the all 7 hours I was out. Granted, this was on a Friday and the trail might be a little more busy on weekends. Still, access and relative difficulty of the trail probably make for a light foot traffic.... and still quite a few rewards 9. No facilities at the trailhead 10. As of 2019, there were a few spots where the forest had burned but none of these were so large that it greatly impacted the "wilderness experience". Let's hope it stays that way for a long time...