on South Ridge Trail

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1 month ago

Great short hike to get your heart beat going! Slippery in some places during the wetter months so make sure to wear shoes with good traction. Partly cloudy the day we went but still good views of Mary’s Peak. Parking was super easy and plentiful. Easily marked, unlike some Oregon trails!

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4 months ago

I really like the Beazell Forest... this time of the year, everything is just dripping with green moss! I started out on the steep trail going up to the meadow, then turn RT and following the trail back through the woods to Plunkett Creek, and then back to the barn.

Nice hike, it gets pretty tight and overgrown on the accent to the summit and the view point. We parked by the barn, but followed the map to the next driveway down and started there, but it was unnecessary, and behind the barn has the info centers and the trail head. It was a nice loop, took us about 1 hour 30 minutes to complete.

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7 months ago

Sweet little State Park. For the South Ridge Trail, follow signs to the South Loop and South Meadow. Go left at the top instead of following signs to the South Ridge. It was noisy after about 7:30 with nearby farm equipment. Go before 7 for a more peaceful hike. The first mile is uphill. After that, it's easy. You'll hike through the woods and around a meadow. At the top, there are peekaboo territorial views.

Nice little hike if you're in the area! I drove from Salem and thought it was a little far for a short 2 miles. But it feels very secluded - didn't come across one other person on the trail which is rare!

Great trail. Beautiful.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This is a great little out and back. We went while it was a little snowy and it was amazing!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Easy hike with kids, lots to see and explore.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

This is a very nice hike to do with dogs! Easy & moderate levels of difficulty.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Beautiful story at the beginning of this fun short hike makes you really feel the nostalgia in the forest. A sincere thank you for opening this up to all that enjoy being among the trees.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Remote, but beautiful drive to get there. Not crowded. Nice hike.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Nice easy hikes for quick weekday adventures at Beazell! You can take the south ridge road up for a steeper more challenging route.

Traversed this wonderful set of trails with family and friends today. Many serendipitous pleasures were enjoyed: a small, cool creek; verdant foliage; a smorgasbord of wildflowers; blood-pumping grades and welcome declines; trees hoary with mossy age; and the tallest oak trees any of us had seen. We definitely plan a return trek!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This forest has a couple of nice hikes, and a wonderful history of its birth. Be sure to read about it on the info boards near the parking area. Good hikes for dogs, and for getting one's heart rate jacked up a bit.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A MUST!!! Historic, BEAUTIFUL, nice levels of difficulty, flowers, creek, meadow, great place!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

They're doing some logging until the end of October 2013, so all the south trails are essentially closed. The open trails are lovely, however! Very wide and easy to follow. Great for dogs!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Great time today on the Bird Loop and the Plunkett Creek trail. Beautiful hike along the creek. Just a notice, though, the Southern part of the park, including the longer trail, is closed for construction. Not sure how long, but they have the trailheads on both ends posted.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

this is a nice park, hike up to the south meadow view point for some nice views. once the flowers start blooming, it should be even prettier. all in all it is an easy hike.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A nice hike with kids 5 to 11, although there was whining until we hit the summit...:-) A nice hike with plenty of shade. The restrooms are flush with sinks.

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