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It was lush and beautiful. Watch out your step though. Some spots are dangerous for unexperienced hikers. We lost the trail after 4 miles due to fallen trees and other things blocking the way. It’s easy to lose the trail if you do t know where you are going.

hiking
2 months ago

I did the summit via the trail head on the west side, off forest rd 5824. 5824 is off North shore rd, which follows lookout point and the North fork of the Willamette, across the river from hwy 58. It's not recommended to take a passenger car up this rd, but is passable with an AWD or 4x4. It's a cool offroad drive up the mountain. Just follow the "main" rd 5824 without turning off and you can't miss it. You will see a hiker symbol on the left next to a small parking area. From there the hike is 8.7 miles round trip and is an easy to moderate hike. Tons of giant old growth fir and cedars from 3' to 10' in diameter. Great hidden gem on that side, but still not a great view on the summit. Worth it for the trees alone. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Go right on the trail, not to the left towards the pink flag.
This hike is amazing. It is a steady climb on switchbacks for about 3 miles and then a STEEP climb for half a mile to get to the top. We hiked this on a rainy, foggy day so we only saw a little of the view, but it was worth it! I definitely would recommend bringing hiking sticks and a lunch to eat at the top!

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.

mountain biking
3 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
3 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!

Beautiful gentle hike along Fall Creek with some great swimming holes along the way

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 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
5 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!

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

The Good:
Definitely a trail for wildflowers but offers plenty of variety in scenery as you move between the forest and meadows. Not terribly strenuous at all but an easy going and very enjoyable hike.

Obstacles:
We did have a few friendly encounters with mountain bikes, overall bike traffic was minimal. We encountered a few muddy sections of the trail but nothing serious.

Getting there:
The last 6+ miles of the drive are a constant climb up a single-lane, gravel road with several turn outs. Not at all difficult as long as you slow down and enjoy the surroundings. We had no problem getting there in a minivan.

hiking
6 months ago

A fantastic hike for wildflowers! You find them right away at the trailhead, and every turn brings more. We didn't go all the way to the mountain, just to what are referred to as "meadows", which are hillside gardens with many wonderful wildflowers. The second meadow had a mass of Arrowleaf balsamroot, and that was a good point to turn around at.

Lots of mountain bikes, so be careful on the narrow trail

Absolutely beautiful hike through an old growth fire scared Hemlock forest. Amazing diversity of wildflowers and songbird species. Plus the view at the top is absolutely breathtaking. A couple very steep sections, but for the most part they have well constructed switchbacks. Very easy to find along the forest roads, paved all the way out there. Only thing for hikers to note, when you are at the trail-head right across the street from the parking lot area, take the trail to the right NOT THE LEFT. When we were there, someone had hung pink flagging and written the word "trail" on it going to the left. They must have been talking to someone else because that trail went .6 miles and then dead ended at a road. We found the "right" trail though, and just turned the day in to a 9 mile hike. Absolutely beautiful hike that I would definitely recommend!

hiking
6 months ago

nice lush forest trail. some quick views and some wild flowers. will go back in the fall, I think there will be some real nice fall colors!

hiking
6 months ago

I started this 14 mi. total round trip hike at the Hardesty/Goodman trailhead on Hwy 58. Separately Goodman and Eagles rest are moderate, but if you link them they are more difficult. Goodman ends at an unmarked campspot next to a mini falls. This is where it's mileage is calculated I believe. I kept plugging along past the 2 trailheads, one is about 2 mi. and the upper is .7 mi. from the top. Very gorgeous view from the top and well worth the full trek. Very rewarding when you're done.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a wonderful hike! Got to the top of the rock in two hours and enjoyed it the entire way! I saw about 7 cyclists in a group heading down and 3 other hikers. Would definitely recommend this hike

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was short very, small path, was very hard to find. The road up to it was kinda small and had very large and deep pot holes.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail, when you start it will be down hill to the creek below which meets up with Goodman trail. It is shorter so I recommend planning to add Goodman trail also.

hiking
6 months ago

I thought this trail was wonderful. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom. It is easy to follow. It’s a a light moderate, the isn’t a view at the top, but it’s nice to relax and get some sun

Amazing views and open fields on cliff sides. A must see!

I love this area, we used to go to a couple swimming wholes just up a ways from Bedrock. Unfortunately the last decade or so has not been kind to the Fall Creek wilderness. The trail was a little over grown when we went. It was absolutely beautiful walking and seeing the river from this perspective. Great little swimming wholes that could only be accessed from the trail. We had a hard time finding the trail towards the end because of the fire. I would say it is a moderate hike.

Great adventure, extremely peaceful . Is low foot traffic. Awesome swimming spots . Dogs on leash. Great photography.!

hiking
7 months ago

Did about 3 mi round trip South of Cedar Creek. Great places to get off the trail and access the creek. Some of the footing is challenging when wet. Saw two kinds of orchids. Fawn Lily and Trillium are plentiful but were past their peak today. Literally no invasive plant species seen!

one of my favorites

hiking
7 months ago

Was a decent hike. Be careful driving in, LOTS of deep pot holes. Extremely muddy right now. You’ll approach a small structure you can dry off in or build a fire, pretty cool. Steadily steep hike all the way through. Getting closer to the summit is very steep for sure. Views at the end are breath taking! Just wish the rest of the hike could have been as amazing. No complaints though, I would LOVE to see this place in the summer.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail. Hiked this last April 2017. Brice creek is so clear and beautiful. Well maintained trail. I started lower than the campgrounds, I think at Cedar Creek. It ended up being about a 5 mike hike. I ran out of time and had to turn back right below Trestle Falls. I came back later in the summer and hiked to the falls. Cool falls, would’ve prob been more impressive in the spring when there is more water.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, clean, well maintained trail and day use areas. The campgrounds are closed till May but the restrooms are open and clean. Excellent for kids, grandparents and dogs. Didn't see any litter or animal poops.

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