Elk Trail

EASY 12 reviews

Elk Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Dexter, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

1.5 miles
9 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

trail running


horseback riding



Easy hike along Lost Creek and the Willamette River in Elijah Bristow State Park. The Elk trail is a short flat hike in a small portion of Elijah Bristow State Park. It starts along Lost Creek, continues past Channel Lake, through a meadow being restored to native species, then finally along the Willamette River. In the spring you will find a variety of wildflowers along the trail. Elijah Bristow State Park is an 847-acre collage of meadows, wetlands, ponds and scattered woodlands along the south bank of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. It is the centerpiece of a complex of parks on the river below and above Dexter Dam. Mountain bike riders, horseback riders and hikers share nearly 12 miles of trails that lead to great fishing holes and quiet places for watching wildlife, such as deer, elk, beaver, great blue herons, hawks, bald eagles, and coyotes. Professional botanists and student naturalists are lured by the park's diverse ecosystems, model restoration efforts and prime breeding grounds for the Western pond turtle. Seasonal salmon runs present added spectacles for sightseers and enticements for anglers.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

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great for beginners, or just getting back into the swing of things

Monday, September 05, 2016

When using Apple Maps, take a right where Seri says the route ends and continue straight until you cross a bridge. The destination will be on your left; there's a parking area you can't miss.

Beautiful trail in Elijah Bristow State Park. Worth walking a little further past the turnaround onto River Trail. After the turnaround keep an eye out for access points to the creek on the right; it's worth stopping for.

My only restraint is that the maps and trail markers can be a little misleading. Stay keen!