Elk Trail

EASY 16 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



horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running




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.

1 month ago

This is an easy and leisurely path for people of all skill levels. There are good views of the creek and the river. It's an easy little excursion if you live around Eugene or Cottage Grove and need to get a little fresh air.

3 months ago

Not too many people on a Saturday in May. These trails are very easy and wander near river and thru some dense forest. There were several people on horseback so keep your eyes peeled for them and their piles....

trail running
4 months ago

Really great! Beautiful scenery. Only thing is that it gets really muddy when it rains. Great place for bikejoring. You can train your dogs without other people being distracting. Long trails for the dogs to run.

5 months ago

Hi! There is good river access and it’s a good hike for young kids. It’s a little muddy still at the beginning of March, but fun to see horses on the trail. (Noah, 9)

7 months ago

Nice and easy hike to the river and back, through the flood plane to the main park rd. lots of ferns and foliage and a good sitting spot right on the river. Trail opens to a nice meadow near the end with a great view of Mt. June. Kid friendly and easy on the knees. There is quite a few different routes to choose from, so hiking opportunities are varied.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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!

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