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Mossy Maple Connecter Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springfield, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,020 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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This is a brand new park with an initial trail in place. There may be closures in this area due to storm damage. Please contact the park before visiting.

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Reviews (152)
Photos (46)
Recordings (147)
Completed (206)
Elenore R
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Hiking

Mellow and shaded for the first part but gets very steep and ends pretty suddenly with no view at the top.

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Cursive Bird
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Hiking

this trail seems more suitable for her mountain bikers. I was a little disappointed with all the switchbacks and inclines, there is no payoff at the end. I felt very disappointed. you just walked up into a telephone pole. no views know anything. and the hike was gravel the whole time which is not really my thing.

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John Clay Rzucidlo
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Hiking

Beautiful sunny hike is my sweetheart

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Elias Cuyler
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Mountain biking

Hell yeah

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Victor Hernandez Triana
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Hiking

Somewhat crowded but it is a great trail system for the casual hiker. No real views anywhere along the trails, unless one continues all the way down to the thurston cliffs and scrambles up the rocks. Watch out for bees there.

Glen Hass
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Hiking

Nice hike

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Travis Rutherford
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Hiking

This is the Mossy Maple Connector Trail. Very steep at times near the end.

Josh Pettet
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Hiking

Perfect trail walk/run. Mile 2 becomes more muddy however that’s typical this time of the year. Awesome trail.

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Sarah Mah Denning
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HikingRockyScramble

Quite the uphill at the end— was disappointed this hike out, because my friend and I were trying to hike the North Entrance (main entrance at Trailhead) to the South Entrance. We even left a car near the South Entrance. Anyways, we will be trying from the the South to the North next time.

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Paisley Haze
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HikingBugsMuddy

I'm from Utah and love how well maintained and marked many of Oregon's trails are. Someone recommended this one to me so I could see how wild and secluded Oregon gets just outside of town. Very beautiful hike. I'm not sure if going to the top is worth it, but it's not too difficult if you decide to do so.

Sarah Martens
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Walking

Took our dog here today (Sunday 9-8) for a casual walk and it was great. Lush foliage, well maintained pea gravel trails, good signage, separate trails for biking and walking, and a decent amount of people but not too many. A nice easy walk and a great option to have in town for dog owners.

Tyler Miller
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HikingOff trailOver grown

The first mile was very nice and scenic. The second part was not as marked, and VERY steep. When we got to the top, there wasn’t a view... just power lines. I would do it again, but not go to the top.

Nathan Maynard
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Hiking

I've hiked this path a few times now and it does offer a nice nature walk and mountain biking. However, I found the zigzag trail design to be rather unsatisfactory and the fact it's an out and back on the same zigzag path back. The upper portion of the trail was nice when it straightened out. Not to steep, but a constant gradual up hill on pea gravel.

Tobin Fetters
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Hiking

beautiful hike, pack pea gravel trails . Couldn't have been better

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AllTrails User
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10 year old daughter and I did it. we both rated it "Moderate". We are beginning hikers. It is marked nicely until the end. It really was a beautiful hike throughout, however I was confused if we got to the end or not. We got to where all the trailheads come together, it was a bit lack luster. We continued on the dirt path but eventually turned around fearing we might get lost.

Jason Jason Roebuck
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awesome test

Amy Scott
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Hiking

Some of the trails are still closed from the snow but it's still a great trail to have so close to home.

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Erinn Streckfuss-Legare
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Hiking

I really enjoy doing this trail with my dog. I have some knee and back issues, but with a knee brace and hiking poles, this is definitely doable. It is the perfect moderate hike. The trails can be a bit slick and muddy during rainy seasons, but after a couple of dry days they are perfect. Some areas are steeper than others, but it's a pretty consistent incline. The trail curves in on itself quite a bit, so watch out for joggers and the occasional biker. Be wary if you are wearing headphones and stay alert of your surroundings, so you don't get ran over!

Fawn Black
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Hiking

A really nice, steady incline trail. I didn’t feel the need to stop other than for quick water breaks. Well managed despite the recent storm, a few trails still closed. Would be a nice trail to do with someone and still carry on a conversation

Christina Shaneyfelt
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Melanie Owens
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Hiking

Had to cut this one short. Not bad for a quickie.

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Vanessa Dexter
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Hiking

The Mossy Maple & Camas trails are open. Yew Haw, Acer Spades, & Upper Mossy Maple are closed today due to storm damage. They did a great job clearing the two open trails....lots of trees down but trail is clear. Not too muddy today. Nice short hike.

Zach Wais
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Great trail. Easy grade. If you continue past the upper cutoff spur it is very muddy, be advised.

Elijah Spirit
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Hiking

lots of mud

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Karin Landers
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Hiking

We had a great hike up the Mossy Maple Trail today at Thurston Natural Area. The first 2 miles it is gravel and a beautiful slope that loops back and forth. The cross backs mean that you never have a huge incline all at once, just a good walk/hike that dogs and kids should be able to do easily too. We ended up at what we thought was the top of Mossy Maple, (and per the AllTrails map, we were,) but it crossed over to some great mud trail also that was marked Mossy Maple. We continued through the mud and uneven rock until we hit mile marker 2.5, then turned around for time. We ended up taking the Mossy Maple Connector down the trail back to the Lower Mossy Maple Trail. If you were hiking UP this, the incline would be intense. (Harder than the first 1/2 mile on Trail 1 at Pisgah.) I suspect some of the earlier reviews mention this trail because the main trail that loops wasn’t yet completed. There are several trails here that are clearly marked for hikers or bikers and great signage of who belongs where and has right of way. The trail itself was beautiful, green, lush and keep a lookout for animals, birds and hidden painted rocks on the trail from other community members. We will be back, we want to see where the rest of the trail heads to, and I imagine in summer the amount of shade will be great. Happy hiking!

Michaela Green
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Hiking

Great hike for kids and dogs. Wasn’t too crowded when we got there. The turn to get to it though isn’t very clearly marked from Main Street.

Ashley Chase
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Hiking

Love this trail! Lots of shade and good for all skill levels.

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