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hiking
29 days ago

I loved this day hike it. I did it on 10/15/18. Beautiful fall colors. I will do this day hike again.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great smooth tight trail for intermediate to advance Mountain biking. Has big banked corners that are smooth and not Hairpined. Lots of ups and downs that your momentum will take you over 95% of them. It's about a 4 1/4 mile 6% grade climb up to the top. First 2 miles on paved gated road then next 2 1/4 in gravel we mostly hiked that part up. Then start at Upper Whistlepunk then lower whistlepunk Then you will arrive at a picnic table at the start of High baller great spot to stop rest and have lunch. then continue down and do Springboard . Great fun , snap a picture of the map at the entrance so you wot get lost. but it is signed pretty well.

About 40 minute drive outside of Oakridge be sure to stop at the old A&W before heading there.Started at Sand Prairie campground. Day use fee is $8 or you can tent camp for $14. Mostly flat meandering singletrack that goes through a nice deep fir tree forest. I was told it goes for about 30 miles along the river but not really next to the river about 150' parallel to it.

We started at the Hardesty trailhead and made it to the shelter. this was much more difficult than anticipated as it is steadily an increase in elevation practically the whole way. the upper part of the trail (after you cross the road) was hard to locate with no signage.

hiking
2 months ago

It would be perfect if it was like 2 miles shorter.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Exact directions to Eagles Rest trailhead and parking
Several people have written about difficulty or inability to find the trailhead. I know my first time was confusing and I was unsure where I was supposed to go so I will try to help.

If driving from the Eugene, on highway 58 turn right immediately after the sign for the Hardesty Trail turnoff but before the actual turnoff, which is across the bridge. You will be on Goodman Creek Road, vs. Goodman Creek Trail, which is off the Hardesty trail. A lot of people turn off there looking for Goodman Creek Trail. Okay, got that?

You are going to drive a total of exactly 3.3 miles up this road. The best way to get there is to mountain bike or use an off-road vehicle though not mandatory.

As soon as you leave the paved section in the photo, there is a deep pothole followed by a ton more. This unpaved road is NOT friendly to your average passenger vehicle. I would not recommend it for most cars with their limited clearance. The first 3/4 miles are particularly filled with incredibly deep potholes. They can come up suddenly and can be difficult to see. You must drop your speed to a crawl over these areas or risk suspension or undercarriage damage. Getting your car or van realigned is not cheap so slow and steady is the key.

After 3/4 miles the road straightens and smooths out but do not be fooled. At slightly over one mile, you will see a turnoff on your right. Immediately around the corner from that are some more ball-busting potholes. Then about 1/4 mile farther are more. Watch out for the giant one. It has its own zip code! It is giant because most people are missing it on the way down and slamming into it. After that, it is semi-clear sailing with just a pothole here and there. But take your time coming and going. This is not a road to rush along. For 4-wheelers and off-roaders it is a bouncy breeze.

At 2.6 miles is one of the places people are getting confused. There is a Y in the road. BEAR LEFT.

Go another .7 miles and to your right is a primitive turnoff. (see photos) People who are having trouble finding the trailhead are probably looking for something more official looking or a sign. There are no signs. The two photos show the road and the turnoff. You will know you missed it if you keep driving and come across another little used road to your left. If you see it, go back about 1/3rd mile.

Beautiful trail, have fun!!

camping
2 months ago

I adore this hike. I have yet to do the entire thing, but how done some sections around Cedar Creek and Lund Park Campgrounds, including the hike up to Trestle Creek Falls. Both campgrounds, especially Lund Park which is usually less crowded, provide lovely camping with trail access and nearby swimming holes. The trail takes you through beautiful Doug fir, red cedar and big leaf maple forest filled with wild flowers and maidenhair ferns along Brice Creek. The trail sometimes goes up above the creek but often comes down close enough to allow you to swim. There are many lovely swimming holes, though the water is always very cold. There are many smaller trails that branch off the main trail which take you to beautiful waterfalls and the trail is generally easy, going up and down enough to be a mild workout but not too much to be difficult. All around lovely trail and creek!

hiking
3 months ago

8/12/18- Hazardous Hornets!
Fire ecology on display along Rebel Creek. The 2017 Revel Rock fire left most trees scorched but alive. The trail was apparently used by fire crews for access as some materials are still piled along trail. Otherwise this trail would likely not be open at all. Many trees continue to fall and debris rolling down hillside create new obstacles along trail.
DANGER-
About 2 miles in on Rebel Creek our dog attacked a hornets nest and turned us back. Our group of three sustained about a dozen stings while we ran away along a narrow section of trail with a steep drop.

Shown map is incorrect. I uploaded a map of trails as a photo. Several connecting trails to choose your route. All forest trails. Well maintained trails. Quiet.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is a challenge! We took the longer, less steep route, but it was still a major climb. The terrain remains the same throughout the hike and isn't as beautiful as many of our Oregon hikes. The view from the top is a treat after making the climb though!

Beautiful scenery and a decent trail. For mountain biking this trail Should be rated difficult Saw three other cyclists and we all had wrecked off the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm sure this is a great hike, but I never found it. Took Goodman Rd set the odometer and around 3.2 miles in was at a fork and I didn't see any markings for anything. That, in combination with no cell signal and an already sketchy road getting worse made me turn around unfortunately.

Very surprised there wasn't at least some sort of sign around there, unless I just completely missed it which is possible.

We took our dogs here for a beautiful morning walk. I did read reviews prior and made sure to drive up the road further to get to the trailhead. A few RVs were camped up there but there was still plenty of parking for hikers. The trails are deeply covered in trees and it splits off to other trails. Trail maps are located throughout the trail.

on Horse Creek Trail

3 months ago

Trail is overgrown at the beginning. Bring long pants or a machete. Other than that nice hike.

on Rooster Rock Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Not a very difficult hike. Gentle ups & downs, just under 3 miles, & if you get there in the morning, it’s not crowded at all!!

backpacking
4 months ago

Overrated. While there are nice views on portions of the trail, for the most part there aren't any.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike along the river! We covered nearly 15 miles and enjoyed the waterfall at the halfway point. Escaped without a single mosquito bite! Easy to refresh with a dip in the river at almost any point. Looking forward to camping there next time!

hiking
4 months ago

We managed to go about 15 miles, water is super clear, plenty of good swimming stops along the way. There are a hang full of roots and rocks in the path, so watch your toes. bug level was very low. 7/8/2018

Water is clear and beautiful and the waterfalls are awesome!

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked to Rooster Rock in early July, intent on making it a loop at the track on the trail page shows.
I parked at the Trout Creek / west trailhead (room for about 10 cars); the parking area at the Rooster Rock / east trailhead if much larger.
The 2.7 miles walk along OR 20 is too too enjoyable and, in some spots, there is not much of a shoulder to separate you from traffic. Not looking forward to a roadside walk, I scouted the other side of the river but ended at gates with "no trespassing signs".
The 2.3 miles climb up from the Rooster Rock trailhead is steep and relentless (I only spotted a 10 feet flat section the whole way up!). The trail is however well maintained (as of 7/2018) and goes through nice forested slopes. As others have noted, this is likely not a great hike if all you are looking for are the views from the top.
I was actually glad to have chosen to go up the steep side and go down the longest (more gentle) on; while it made for a bit of huffing/puffing on the way up, my knees were thankful for a less extreme pounding returning to the valley floor. The three parties I me on the trail were all doing out-and-backs from the Trout Creek trailhead.

The "summit" is relatively small (not a lot of room to "setup shop" to relax/lunch, especially if you have to share with others. The trail continues to a (higher) second summit just off to the northwest and appears to go further beyond that (possibly due north to the logging roads in that area).

backpacking
4 months ago

Great trail and nice campsite approximately 0.25 mile up river from trail ending. The climb out is killer. 1200 feet in 2 miles. Good hike to get ready for the season.

hiking
4 months ago

For the work you put in on the hike the views are disappointing. We have done Iron Mountain and loved it! So this view was a let down in comparison. It is a butt kicker so if that's what you are going for its a stead incline the whole 3 miles up. We took our kids and they did complete it. Just watch out for poison oak, lots this spring.

hiking
4 months ago

attempted the Creek trail, but due to excessive burn out from the summer before, we probably only got .5 mile in. The Creek is pretty, though, and worth the stop if you come up FR19 from the south. It is still blocked from the north due to a rock slide at Cougar Reservoir.

hiking
4 months ago

Oregons oldest old growth, you will see things here that you haven't before unless you have been to a temperate rain forest.

Still a lot of logging going on. It takes away from the serenity of a nature walk.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked around Waldo Lake on a late June weekend, on a mostly sunny day.
Yes, June is likely not the best time to visit as the little flying and thirsty creatures are all "out to get you". Bug repellent and or mosquitoes headnet are a must. One advantage of June, of course, it the number of daylight hours.
I parked at the Shadow Bay boat ramp area (south-eastern end of the lake) and hiked the loop clockwise, the plan being to hike the 4.5 inland eastern branch first, keeping the most scenic part of the loop for later. This also allowed me to have the sun above and behind me most of the time.

I diverted twice from the route shown for the trail: once at Shadow Bay to explore the Shoreline trail with nice views of a few small islands; the second time, again on the Shoreline Trail, at North Waldo for a quick snack and exploration of camping opportunities.

The best views (and the most access to the lake shores) is from the aforementioned Shoreline Trail sections, from the Taylor Burn to the north and from the short peninsula south of the inlet to the North Fork Willamette river. The north side, at least during my visit was more windy, the breeze thankfully keeping the bugs at bay.

South of the peninsula, the trail mostly remains about .1 mile inland, passing by several small lakes, ponds, and creeks (more mosquitoes!). Even when getting closer to the lake, the trail on that section does not provide access to the shoreline. I descended about 20 feet at some point (southwest of Rhododendron Island) to filter water and snack; the shore is steep and the underbrush and dead limbs make it less than easy to get there. In mosquito-free months, the few small lakes on the can be a good alternative to a stop on the lakeside.

The southern end of the lake is flatter, features a shelter, and provides easier access to the lake; again, not an option for me as mosquitoes love that calmer area with lowland marshes.

The loop trail (Jim Weaver trail) is a bit over 19 miles as per this trail's description. The diversions to the Shoreline Trail (plus short spurs to the lake) make is a bit over 21 miles.

Likely because it was June... I only encountered 5 parties (either 1 or 2 people) the whole time I spent on the trail on this fine Saturday. North Waldo is also significantly more frequented by campers/boaters than the smaller Shadow Bay area on the south east end.

Views of significant landmarks around include: Diamond Peak, Mt David Douglas, Maiden Peak, The Twins, Gerdine Butte, Charlton Butte and Rigdon Butte.

With the exception of the Taylor Burn section on the north side, most of the trail is through wooded areas, with the west leg of the trail being slightly overgrown when I went (made it a bit harder to use trekking poles).

Oh...and yes! The transparency of the waters in shallow parts was just as amazing as the deep blue / indigo of the deepest parts.

Beautiful forest hike. Gradually ascends. Ran into a group of bikers and one hiker, pretty empty.

That said, Eagle Rest itself is a mediocre vista (for Oregon), due to the timber cropping in the area. Some hills harvested to the dirt.

Still, if you live in the Eugene area and you want a nice little hike thru the forest, with less foot traffic than Spencer and Pisgah... this meets the criteria

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Excellent conditions. Pretty steady climb with awesome views at the top!

road biking
5 months ago

This is an easy and beautiful paved trail. We biked out and back for a total of 13 miles. I do not recommend anyone looping around the lake on the busy road. This app first took us to the swimming area, but I would do the following: From Cottage Grove take a left on Row River road, and park at any of the designated parking areas along the trail.

I give this a 5 because it is hard. It is a challenge & a good one. Definitely worth it, though it’s not a 360 degree view like Iron Mountain. There was a native sedum in bloom with a vivid yellow and what appeared on the SE slope to be Indian paintbrush also flowering bright red. I hiked the trail 2 days ago.

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