Thurston Hills Hike is a 2 mile lightly 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 and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.0 miElevation gain764 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingWalkingForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeOver grownOff trail
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Getting There

This is an off trail route to incredible views of Jasper Valley and Thurston. Neither of the hills have nice trails. You will have to find your way along dirt roads and faint trails.

The hike up the larger hill gets pretty steep at the very top, and if it's been raining is very slick.

To get here take Hwy 126 east from I-5 in Springfield all the way to Main Street. Turn left at the light. Drive East and turn right on 67th St. Turn left at 66th Pl and follow to a dead end.

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Simon Luedtke
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Incredible cliffs. If you’re equipped to trek through a fair bit of mud, the views are so rewarding. This is a hidden gem!

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Amanda Flammer
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HikingOff trail

Used the directions through the app and was quite disappointed when I arrived and didn’t see a clear trail or trailhead without parking, wish it was easier to find

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Justin Filip
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Hiking

Hard to follow. Not sure if I was in the right place. A little trashy too.

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J S
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Walking

Slippery and muddy but pretty.

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Fallon Hockema
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Jennifer Jess
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Hiking

Things I've learned: just because something looks like a trail and is a trail, doesn't mean it's the right trail. (Also maybe, keep to the map and other reviewers advice instead of listening to your spouse's insistence that, "I mean, it looks like a trail, let's see where it goes!") So I didn't want to necessarily want to leave a review as I haven't really taken the trail, except to say that there are a lot of trails and it's not obvious which to take. Cheers!

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Averie Foster
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Hiking

Great trail, but I would suggest parking at the gate on 66th and hiking up 66th where there is a dead end and the trail starts behind the guardrail (go to the left at the first intersecting trail, then right at the second intersection, then left when there is a down barbed wire fence). That is a more established trail, and you can make it longer by going around the Butte. It can be overgrown if you go around the butte, but gorgeous views and it goes right up to mossy maple connector.

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Curtis Pangle
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Hiking

super fun 3.4 mile loop on both sides of the river and waterfalls for a very scenic adventure

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Nathan Maynard
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Hiking

Very steep climb and not a maintained path like the regular Thurston Nature Path but still a clear dirt path. I've hiked this trail numerous times now, the last part to the top is very steep and challenging, but the view is quite amazing!

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Alana Wray
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SnowshoeingSnow

Was really funny to go sledding here. For some it maybe a little risky.

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Rachel Altman
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Hiking

Trail looked closed when we arrived and/or taken over by people living there. Trash and toilet paper everywhere. Not recommended.

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Merissa Standifer
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Tried to do this hike today, but couldn't even find the trail after about 1/4 of a mile. Incredibly overgrown and had to look at trash everywhere. We ended up turning around and leaving.

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Patrick Schleisman
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Very difficult to stay on the trail. It wasn't very worn and you have to deal with lots of stickers. The uphill was a good challenge, but the good didn't outweigh the bad. Really too short too.

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Leisha P
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The hike was especially short, and the views were not impressive.

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David Evans
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Hiking

(garbage, blackberries, poison oak and more garbage) went on the short hike to the right. parked next to the big pile of garbage someone dumped where a few cars were previously loitering. then walked through the BBs following the trail of garbage to the base of the tail. part of the tail is really nice but about 90%of it is SUPER steep and covered I either garbage or poison oak. you know you've reached the top when you come to the poison oak patch, Coors cans and red solo cups. I'll be back with a machete and a garbage bag.

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Tawnya Wright Miller
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Hiking

Would never have summited if some wonderful person hadn't put a rope in just the right place. Ran into a rattle snake a couple years ago so watch out for that. It very considerately moved over and let me pass with no harm to either of us.

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Josh Wilson
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Hiking

Just put in 4 miles up in the woods not to bad with trash just down low but once you get up on top lots of good views and a really nice hike kinda hard in spots but a good work out and nice change in elevation.

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Victor Hernandez Triana
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Hiking

It has a great view. Some scrambling. Don't fall off the cliffs though.

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Ashley Bartels
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Hiking

Am I the only one who can't find the actual trail

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Jared Hayes
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Hiking

Not much of a view and trash everywhere.

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Greg Plotkin
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First to Review

No trail markings. Steep hike up. Views worth it.

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Uriel Ramirez
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Maria Gamez
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Chris Martin
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Amanda Williams
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Tiffany Burwell
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James Phelps
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Fallon Hockema
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