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We did this hike 11/12/18 If you are coming from the south, (Cottage Grove side) Rd. 1751 is closed due to a landslide about 2 miles before the trailhead, you can park at the road closure and hike the road up to the trailhead. This turns the hike into an almost 7 1/2 miler. If you want to stay with just hiking the Mt. June trail itself, I would come in from the north side.

I was in town for the Ducks/UCLA game on November 3. It was sort of a homecoming- I was a law student at UO in the late ‘80, and remember being introduced to hiking the many beautiful trails around Eugene. I really looked forward to seeing some old friends and I promised I must return to some of these hiking trails on this trip. As was expected, there was an off-and-on gentle drizzle which didn’t seem to bother my fellow hikers on this crisp late Saturday morning. The hike was moderately strenuous but very worth it as the views of the Willamette Valley from the summit was a deserved treat. I wished I had more time to hike than the hour I spent on the trail since I had to head back into town for the game. I look forward to another trip to Eugene and hopefully spend more enjoyable time hiking its beautiful trials. By the way,the Ducks won.

Hiked this on 10/13/18 (a beautiful, sunny Saturday) and only saw one other couple on the way in and some folks on horses on the way out. Hiked all the way to the tower at the top. Beautiful views!!

The directions on All Trails plugged into my gps on my iPhone and took us directly to the parking lot (which is very small) without any problem.

Finally did this hike on Oct 21. Clear, sunny day. The hike up was moderately challenging with nice views to the west, including Spencer Butte and parts of Eugene. Lots of different trails with a gorgeous hilltop view at the summit. Not quite 360 views but close. Could be a great spot for snacking and relaxing while taking in the views. Took the longer southern trail down and it was rocky, steep, and, at times, unsure footing due to steepness and loose rocks and slight over growth. But that made the hike even more interesting. Definitely will do this hike again this coming spring and summer seasons

As a long time Salem resident, I am jealous that Eugene has this and Spencer Butte. Wondering why Salem doesn’t have something like this for a hilltop hike.

Just went on 10/13/18. The trail and views were absolutely beautiful. The area is isolated, we did not meet anyone on the trail or road despite it being the weekend. However, my hiking partner and I had to turn back halfway through the hike after hearing a growl. Uncertain what the animal was, but it was loud and close enough we didn't feel safe. Be cautious!

I can confirm that the directions for parking and getting to the hike in the comments below are accurate.

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.

Loads of salamanders on trail on OCT 5 :-)

Peaceful hike with nice views (had trail to myself) that starts in the woods and then is exposed the rest of the way so bring sun protection for your pretty faces ☺️. A tad chilly this afternoon along the ridge. From Shot Gun Recreation Area it’s a narrow paved road (go slow when you can’t see around bends as the road isn’t wide enough for two-way traffic). When you get to the dirt road for the trail (there’s no sign/markings, you just have to go by GPS—btw no cell service for the most part, so load your map before heading out), park immediately off the paved road in the little “lot” —no signs except ones on trees about not shooting—and then walk up the short dirt road to the rock pile. Climb over the small rock pile and then through the chain fence and off you go! The forest section has a lot of small logs that are easy to step over (the trail is wide and well-kept, these are there I’m guessing to keep off road vehicles from using it). I agree with others to bring your hiking poles if you got ‘em. There are parts of the ridge that are steep and sections of slippery gravel. The rock cave is close to the end of the trail. I went past it into a very short narrow forest trail that brings you to a radio tower.

hiking
1 month 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!

The trail itself is beautiful, short and steep enough to be considered a workout. The view at the top is beautiful, even on a partly cloudy day. It is pretty hard to get to the trailhead, convoluted in the end and a total lack of markers. If you don’t use your trip odometer in the truck or car, I doubt you will find it. The road was rough and you really needed AWD for the last couple miles. Beautiful view!

Awesome hike, forest is green and luscious. Hike was good, and weather was perfect. no rain, mud or snow.(even had first time hikers with us and everyone made it up and down) fall was an incredible sight. 100% must see. Falls flowing. We saw folks with dogs, children and bikes.

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!

very local nice short hike. It was smoky the day we went, and would like to go in spring for flowers

My boyfriend and I did this trail a month ago and it was a simple trail till you got trying trail to get down to the pool. My boyfriend and I had a blast finding it but is difficult to find. I would highly recommend this pool it’s so beautiful and so worth the hike.

Hard to find trailhead. Were the only ones on the trail. Views from the top are worth it!

dirt bikers on the trail.

little effort for large reward. the walk is easy, a few uneven rocky sections but nothing bad and the pool is awesome. started early and was nice and quiet but got busy on the way out.

Easy, scenic hike with a massive payoff at the end.

This is a cute hike with lots to see at the beginning of the trail. The trail up follows the river at your right then you make your way up a rocky path to the top. Do yourself a favor and make a conscious effort to avoid stepping on the jagged rocks on your way up the path.

I wish that I had a bit more time to make my way down to the pool, next time for sure. That blue in the pool is just impressive. This is a must see.

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.

Nice easy going hike in and out, could not believe how gorgeous the water was! I’ve been talking about going to see this wonder for a couple of years and was finally able to see what the hubbub was about. Well worth the effort to get to the pool and experience how truly cold that water is. Loved It!

Hike itself was really easy and boring, but the scenery is spectacular.

Spectacular views!
Great work out
Hard to find, but worth it

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
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near Eugene because it’s lightly trafficked, unlike Spencer’s Butte, and feels very wild even though it’s so close to Lowell and Eugene. It’s relatively easy, with a few steep parts and switch backs, and the mini falls provides a nice swim. The only main downsides is that there is not much of a view and the trail can be quite muddy between November and May so bring boots that you don’t mind getting dirty and won’t soak through. Otherwise, though, it’s a great day hike!

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

awesome hike! not to long not to short about 5 miles all together.

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