Thurston Hills Natural Area is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springfield, Oregon that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

This is a brand new park with an initial trail in place.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

did this all the way thru before the spine trail was closed off, but I do believe it's all back open now anyway. start on the McKenzie highway/126/main St parking lot, go all the way thru the spine trail, follow the gravel path and trail and eventually you pop out to bob straub parkway. there's some pretty interesting rocks that could be fun to scramble in the middle after you finish the spine trail and see the sign for the actual natural area section of it. not sure if those were placed there for that or what exactly is going on with those. cool none the less. there's not really any spectacular views but it is kinda cool that you see some hills towards the south you don't normally see unless you get through that side. it's very easy unless it's muddy, I definitely ruined my shoes. it's a fun one but if you want views I'd say Spencer or maybe pisgah are better.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy? Where? This is harder than Spencer’s and Pisgah. Definitely higher than east.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy at the start and well marked trail. It does have a lot of turns. Mostly shaded with a couple spots that are more in the open. It connects to Spine Trail and it starts to get steeper. A marker indicates trail end ahead once you start spine. I walked another couple turns and stopped. Not sure if it is completed or not.

hiking
6 months ago

If you go past the trail end to the service road it changes to moderate for beginners due to the incline. No views at the top of service area. Right now Spine trail is closed but it looked like there would be views there. Will come back and try again.

6 months ago

Well maintained trail with birds chirping and scurrying chipmunks.

hiking
6 months ago

It's a nice trail. If you are looking for a place with lots of zig zags and a lot of up hill action, this is the place!

7 months ago

Great with the kids. Long but very moderate

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Even my 3 y/o and 6 y/o had fun and made it the whole way!

hiking
9 months ago

Well marked and an easy zigzag trail. It ends at a dirt road that you can continue on, and another trail that hasn’t been graveled starts after a little while down the road. It’s a beautiful and easy hike, great for dogs and kids.

9 months ago

Can't wait for this to be finished. It'll also have a downhill mountain biking trail beside it that's currently still under construction

hiking
9 months ago

nice wide gravel trail that switchbacks through the trees. trail is still under construction as of 1.14.18 so it just ends at a muddy road. can't wait for it to be finished and connect to the other side. think I may have found my alternative to Spencers butte without having to drive as far.

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10 months ago

This trail, if you do the whole thing is actually more like 10.5 miles out and back or 5.3 miles one way. The top spine section is super muddy though so don’t wear your pretty sneakers or just cut through next to the trail out of the mud. Still doable but better in dry weather. The back side has nice views on the way down.

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