South Ridge Trail

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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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

1.9 miles
633 feet

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

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

7 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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.

Sunday, July 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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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

Sunday, February 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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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

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