Pioneer Trail

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Pioneer Trail is a 0.6 mile out and back trail located near Florence, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

muddy

The trail takes you on a discovery of the North Fork Trail, which later became the Mapleton Hill Road. As you walk the trail, you'll learn how it developed from a path cut by animals to a road that helped link Eugene and Florence. The road's colorful history includes a covered bridge that collapsed during a snowstorm and Model T's crashing down steep embankments while trying to negotiate sharp switchbacks. The history of the original road makes it eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Today's trail covers a portion of the old trail, as well as part of the original road.

hiking
10 days ago

OK, so this isn't much as a hike. But it is a terrific walk, with lots of historical info that makes the trail come alive. Take a while and stroll down memory lane, it's worth the visit. You can get to the trail head from two sides, I recommend going up one and down the other. A nice little gravel road in the forest.