Goodman Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dexter, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.6 miles
997 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


A well wooded trail that runs along side an inlet. After a brief climb, the trail crosses a few small creek beds before taking you through tall trees and fern lined views. Just short of two miles in, you will come across a small waterfall, that is very rewarding to your hike. Continue to the right just a few hundred yards to a large log bridge and Goodman Creek. Great picnic spot and turn around.

1 month ago

Loads of salamanders on trail on OCT 5 :-)

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!

3 months ago

We did this hike on our way home from camping at Odell Lake and enjoyed the reward of Goodman Creek. We did not go past Goodman Creek and it's inviting swimming hole and mini falls. There was a small campsite made at this junction, but sadly, whomever camped there felt that the forest would look much prettier with their collection of toilet paper and body waste off the side of the trail. It was approx 4 miles round trip from Hardestry Trailhead, moderate and mostly dry. Some steep inclines but mostly gradual and a pleasant hike.

trail running
4 months ago

what an awesome hike! went all the way to Eagles Rest. Fantastic view.

5 months ago

Good hike! Although if tying in to Eagles rest hike, be aware that there is about a 2 mile section between the end of Goodman and start of Eagles rest. According to my William Sullivan book it is 14 miles total when combined. I didn't find this out until after second guessing my internal odometer and read my book once reaching the top of Eagles rest. Fairly difficult altogether, but well worth it. There is a cool mini fall and log bridge on Goodman and a timber hut used for old pack trains back in the day; if you continue up to the rest. That's when you know you are in track. It gets tough after the second trailhead across the road, but keep plugging. The view is well worth it from the top!

5 months ago

Great hike in the middle of the forest. It follows the creek and has a small waterfall. One end meets up with Eagles Rest trail. It is about 2 miles long and small incline in places. Great view of the lake and mountains.

5 months ago

We enjoyed this trail thru the Old Growth Willamette Forest. A little over two miles in is the Goodman creek and has a cute little waterfall and swimming hole. We took the Goodman Creek fork. Little muddy in spots but trail is in good condition. Lots of wild flowers we enjoyed this hike. Will be back to do one of the other seven hikes off this trail.

6 months ago

hiked to the waterfall (more like a tall rapid) yesterday. The trail was decently maintained with only a tree or two over the trail but boy was it slick and muddy in some spots. Luckily I was the only one with a decent pair of boots and didn't take any spills but my two friends weren't so lucky.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail! Connects to other trails. Muddy this time of year; first 1-1.5 miles had very muddy patches. Gorgeous forest hike by the water.

7 months ago

Muddy this time of year but a great rainy day hike. Tons of other trails going off the same junction. Will definitely be going back to explore some of the other ones.

9 months ago

This is a beautiful and easy to follow trail, but very, very muddy right now. Also, the first creek you'll come to does not have a bridge, just a few large stones to step on to make your way across. (Careful, they're slick!)

9 months ago

This is my favorite trail year round, though it can get a bit muddy in the winter and spring. The trail offers nice views of multiple creeks.

10 months ago

Lots of fun. A bit muddy in spots but it’s December, it’s expected to be muddy. We went to the second foot bridge. Great way to spend the last day of 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Loved this trail! Wish we would have had time to hike all the way to Eagles Rest!! It's so picturesque in the fall!! Great work out! We got the the gravel road and picked the trail back up for about a half mile and then turned back. Nice and quite for a Saturday!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful views, serene hike, family-friendly. This is one of our favorites near Eugene!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Loved this trail! A little narrow and overgrown in some places, but beautiful scenery. The trail is definitely longer that 5.6 miles total. We turned around before the trail ended and we did 7.25 miles total.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gorgeous trail! I went on a Friday afternoon and saw nobody else, so be aware of that! made it about 2 miles in and found a nice little waterfall with pool to cool off in. Will definitely do it again!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful trail. A portion of the path towards the end is still really wet and muddy.

trail running
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nicely kept trail!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Excellent trek. Beautiful creek. Still a good number of muddy spots on the trail. Lots of fragrant wildflowers mid-May.

Monday, April 17, 2017

nice easy trail. very muddy today 4/16/17.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hard to find with little road markers. Stay left at the fork about 2.5 miles up. Very muddy but a fun and pretty hike.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Beautiful forest trail. Very muddy in the off season and early spring. Multiple trees have fallen across the trail from the resent storms.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Completed mid March 2017. Muddy, steep, and beautiful. Loved it.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

3/11/17 Great Hike. Super Muddy, and there's multiple trees down on the trail. These obstacles made it more fun for me; but if you're not prepared to hike in mud/flooded trails I recommend waiting till this trail drys out.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Lovely hike. Super muddy but quiet and beautiful.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We went in November and it was wet but not too muddy. We also turned around at the log bridge so it was just about 4 miles round trip. The ending log bridge with its pebbly beach is great for kids to hang out in after the journey for lunch.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Nice trail, not too difficult, but a bit wet mid-February---will try again when dryer

Friday, November 25, 2016

This trail is much longer than the app states, probably by about a mile. Several parts of the trail were poorly kept and at one point, there was no way across the creek without risking to go in. Following a road back in my book does not count as a loop trail and I even had to walk right next to the highway to get back to the trailhead. As for the sights, there's not much of the creek.

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