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Goodman Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily 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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 997 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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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.

There is a small parking area between mile posts 20 and 21 along HWY 58. There is a small kiosk with trail information, and restrooms are now available. The parking lot is well marked with a "Hardesty" trailhead sign.

Lowell Ranger District 60 Pioneer St. Lowell, OR 97452 (541) 937-2129

Take HWY 58 off I-5, just south of Eugene. As you approach Dexter Lake, and the small town of Lowell, keep your eyes out for a turnoff between mile post 20 and 21. There is a decent size parking lot to the south side of the road. After locking all valuables securely in your car, you can find the trailhead near the road. The sign will read Hardesty Trail, with mileage for Goodman Creek Trail junction as well. After a short hike through the trees, you will come to a junction for Hardesty Mountain, or take a right and continue onto the Goodman Creek Trail. Enjoy your hike.

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Tyler Nather
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Hiking

pretty rough tough for mountain biking. lots of brutal muddy hills, but a blast nonetheless . beautiful lake view ride

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Micah Root
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Mountain biking

Pretty intense mountain biking trail- lots of mud right now. Maintained trail.

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Kristina H.
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Some muddy spots but not bad. All the trees that fell on trail have all been removed (thank you). I have posted a picture of that area. The falls were pretty too!

Kaeden Warren
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Mostly good trail conditions. Some muddy sections. Creek crossings are low. Section of blowdown you have to go over. Other than that great conditions

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Anna Chanslor
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David Bissell
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Very Beautiful and lots of great picture opportunitys here. there are quite a few trees that have fallen, as well very muddy but well worth it and found some very cool mushrooms as well.

Emily Looney
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We set out to do the Hardesty Mountain Trail, accidentally took a right down the Goodman trail instead, and found out Goodman ends at another road, which was not exciting. Whoops! This was a beautiful up and down trail, but it goes up to a road so the views are on the hike, not at the final destination. Super muddy, several downed trees, but overall a beautiful hike.

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Chris A
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Hiking

Big trees down about a mile in, nearly impassable w my toddler up on my back. Some really deep muddy spots today. Otherwise breathtaking :)

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Brenna Williams
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Very muddy in spots, and a small creek crossing but you can cross over rocks. Downed trees around waist high to climb over around a mile in. Beautiful area to hike. Right off HWY 58. Parking area and restroom closed.

Laura Anderson
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HikingMuddy

I loved the trees on this trail and the creek and waterfall at the end. Despite the VERY muddy trail and the multiple trees down we climbed over; it was a nice day in the woods! Another positive is that it is only 20 min from Eugene.

Lizzie Alexander
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HikingMuddy

Fun trail! Not very crowded initially but the parking lot was full on my way back. Beautiful woods, very muddy and 5 sizeable trees down in between the foot bridge and the creek. If you stick to the left they’re easier to get over but it’s a little tricky.

Nick Skelton
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Erin White
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Hiking

Trail was beautiful but extremely muddy. You also need to climb over some down trees and get across some streams so appropriate gear is a must. Planning to come back in the summer time. We never did find the waterfall and the end of the trail listed on this map takes you to a creek but the trail doesn’t show you it’s the end. You can continue hiking past the creek if desired.

Marilyn Magnus
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Hiking

Really muddy following some good rain recently, but still beautiful. Trail conditions improved after the first mile and a half or so.

Sarah Wagner
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HikingMuddy

Ome off my favorite trails near eugene!i have done it numerous times over the years. Pretty muddy yesterday. New day use fee of five dollars at trailhead.

Margaret Conover
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Hiking

The trail has been cleared of the fallen trees and debris described a few months ago. The attraction is the old growth hemlocks and Douglas firs. The so-called waterfall is more than disappointing. But on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, we ran into only 3 other parties (2 of them on bikes) so that's a plus.

Matt Dealy
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleWashed out

nice long hike but with no real destination, trails in pretty rough shape. the water fall is tiny and off trail with no marking. It's honestly a bit of a disappointing trail because it's so long and dificult but doesn't take you anywhere in particular, definitely not a trail I'd hike again. I hiked 3.5 miles out before turning around.

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Rose D
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful favorite out near Dexter. The forest shows substantial effect from the February snowstorm but crews have worked hard to clear the trails. It’s always been a bit rocky and muddy with ups and downs but still lots of fun. Waterfall is small and difficult to find (if you’ve reached the wood bridge, backtrack until you reach the clearing that looks like a good place to pitch a tent). Be warned that the usual trail to the waterfall hasn’t been cleared so likely it’s unofficial.

Benjamin Fyn
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Hiking

Pros: *Well maintained, cleared trail *Some nice views *Moderately challenging for sure Cons: *Definitely did NOT see a waterfall. Stayed on the alltrails map track for 4.1 miles, almost to the Eagle Rest TH, and turned around. *Shared with plenty of mountain bikes *More than a few sunny hot spots, bring sunblock

Jenna S.
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Hiking

Nice trail near (42 minutes away) home with several elevated viewpoints, small creek crossings, huge Douglas fir trees, lots of lush understory - all well maintained. Camping spot 2 miles in.

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Will L.
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Hiking

Nice trail, lots of ground wasps out in the heat though, wear long pants and sleeves and watch where you step if you're going off trail.

Shawnamarie Adele
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Hiking

Beautiful terrain. I'd label as easy. only made it 1.4 miles deep before we aborted mission. Had paused at a lookout over the lake to watch a bald eagle and because we stopped we had time to hear things. Heard a cougar scowl and chirp less than 100 yards away. Fight or flight kicked in. Done.

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Melissa Adams
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Hiking

It was a fun hike, lots of ups and downs. I will be coming back.

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