South Ridge Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philomath, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 633 feet Route Type: Loop

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Hike thorugh thick evergreen forest with a great view of Mary's Peak This is an up hill hike through thin and thick stands of pine trees to the top of a hill with a view of Kings Valley and Mary's Peak. The trail from the parking lot is narrow and can be muddy (note old water filter holding pond). The trail then merges with the South Meadow loop, which is a single lane dirt road (more like a mowed strip). Take the trail to the left or up the hill and continue up hill to the top. Along the way watch for deer, the wild flowers meadow and a view of Mary's Peak. From the top you be able to see King's valley. Since this trail is covered in grass, it can be slippery if wet, watch your step. For you geocachers, there is a cache at the top.

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10 days ago

I went counter clockwise so up the steep side first. Hard but worth it. Coming down was very muddy and overgrown. Great little hike. Only a few folks out so easy to keep distance.

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13 days ago

The trail has a pretty steep incline on the way up with minimal leveling out. Great trail if you’re looking to do an incline run or hike.

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1 month ago

Love this, going clockwise a must.

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1 month ago

Great quick hike to get the blood blood pumping. The trail was in good condition after a week of rain. Beautiful views of Mary's Peak at the top.

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6 months ago

Loved the hike

6 months ago

This was an awesome trail to hike for the whole family! we enjoyed it, there was alot of uphill but as long as you go into it knowing that then it's a ton of fun! dont follow Google's GPS directions it's not accurate, the location is right off the highway and there signs.

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9 months ago

Pretty nice area. Enjoyed the creek and bridges. Part of the trail was a bit overgrown. Great views at the top!

Sun May 12 2019

Possible Squatch sighting. See photos.

Wed Mar 20 2019

one of our go-to hikes! beautiful views, good trail. not over crowded - my teen noticed the cell service is spotty. he lived

Thu Aug 30 2018

Great hike!

Wed May 30 2018

wonderful! my new favorite. beautiful views, good incline, and a nice way to spend an hour or so.

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Sun Jan 07 2018

Great short hike to get your heart beat going! Slippery in some places during the wetter months so make sure to wear shoes with good traction. Partly cloudy the day we went but still good views of Mary’s Peak. Parking was super easy and plentiful. Easily marked, unlike some Oregon trails!

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Sun Oct 01 2017

I really like the Beazell Forest... this time of the year, everything is just dripping with green moss! I started out on the steep trail going up to the meadow, then turn RT and following the trail back through the woods to Plunkett Creek, and then back to the barn.

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Sun Jul 16 2017

Sweet little State Park. For the South Ridge Trail, follow signs to the South Loop and South Meadow. Go left at the top instead of following signs to the South Ridge. It was noisy after about 7:30 with nearby farm equipment. Go before 7 for a more peaceful hike. The first mile is uphill. After that, it's easy. You'll hike through the woods and around a meadow. At the top, there are peekaboo territorial views.

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Sun Jul 24 2016

This is a very nice hike to do with dogs! Easy & moderate levels of difficulty.

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Sun Feb 07 2016

Beautiful story at the beginning of this fun short hike makes you really feel the nostalgia in the forest. A sincere thank you for opening this up to all that enjoy being among the trees.

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Wed Nov 27 2013

A MUST!!! Historic, BEAUTIFUL, nice levels of difficulty, flowers, creek, meadow, great place!

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