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Waters Creek Intrepretive Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wilderville, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 367 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Walking Running Forest River Wild flowers
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The Waters Creek Wheelchair Accessible Trail is a gravel surfaced loop trail with interpretive signs that tell you about stream and forest ecology in the Waters Creek watershed. An additional loop trail about two miles in length continues up Waters Creek from the wheelchair accessible loop. The first 1.0 mile loop is Barrier Free. A second loop is for hikers only and both trails follow Water Creek with many views of drainage's, wild flowers, animal usage, and has a mixture of hardwoods and conifer with some old trees scattered through out. Benches and interpretive signs are available along the trail.

There is a parking to and restroom at the trailhead.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 3040 Biddle Road Medford, OR 97504 (541) 618-2200

From Grants Pass, drive south on Redwood Highway 199 for 14.4 miles, across the bridge above Applegate River, to Waters Creek Road (there are signs on the side of the road before the turn). Turn right and follow the road 2.5 miles to the trailhead.

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Tammy Moore
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Running

I enjoy running this loop ( hikers loop) several times for a good workout. well maintained, but poison oak is abundant in summer so if hiking with a dog, you'll want to wipe them down afterwards so you don't get poison oak from them. Mileage isn't accurate in this description though. from parking and running/ hiking the hikers trail and back to parking area, the distance is 2.8 mi per my garmin. may or may not make a difference to most depending on if you like to track your mileage accurately.

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Jeff Rheaume
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Hiking

great hike, today butterflies we're everywhere

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Jessica Bass
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Well maintained trail, only one log through the path. Various wildflowers and old growth trees. Water intermittent if hiking with your dog, I brought water for him but didn’t need it. Some mosquitoes. Beautiful!

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Bob Hendrick
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Hiking

Great trail! Easy hike and kid friendly!

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Nathan Maynard
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Bathroom at Trailhead Some bugs No noise pollution (except other hikers) Some poison oak Moderate traffic Kid friendly Dogs on leash(others off but shouldn't be) The waters creek trail is a loop with optional short loop options. The hikers only loop has one fallen tree, but is relatively well maintained. The trail gradually climbs up and down the ridgeline following the creek. There were no obvious means of getting lost as the trail is bigger than any overgrown game trails. Bridges cross the water st a few locations and the trail is mostly shaded. Trillium, larkspur, and other flowers are currently blooming along the path. Many western fence lizards, a few garter snakes, and skinks can also be seen along the trail. In the clear water you can also spot small fish. Respect others distancing and please keep dogs on leash, beware not all hiking follow this.

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Shawn Harris
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Hiking

Great trail loop that follows a creek.

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Christine Hamb
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Great trail and well maintained. It was an easy and enjoyable hike. Great for a beginner.

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Tammy Allen
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Breanna Danielle
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well kept trail loop great for all levels.

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Lori McPherson
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Hiking

Great hike ups and downs and a couple logs to climb over. Great cardio! Dogs love it too nice trail

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Kathryn Jafarzadeh
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beautiful family walk

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Mr. D
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Hiking

Super fun trail, and so beautiful. There were a couple downed trees but nothing too bad. If you have a dog that's crazy, maybe bring a harness. The trail is pretty high up and kind of narrow, could be bad if you or your dog lose footing. Still an amazing hike through a beautiful forest!!

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Heather McCormick
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Great trail we just did short loop passed one bridge crossed at second then back to 1st bridge to car. Total short loop maybe 1.5 mile total. Nice and shaded

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Joe Calderon
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This is a great trail. Well traveled and beautiful.

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Tricia Brickey
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Great trail! Beautiful! We loved it! A few downed trees and limbs because of the storm, all but one are small and you can just step over them. Many spots on the hiker trail where you cross small streams. On the hiker trail, you are half way when you get to the 2 bridges with the bench in between. 3.2 miles for just the hiker trail, that’s not including the trail to get to it.

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Crystal Blower
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This was a beautiful trail with cool bridges. It’s cool because you can do the short loop (ADA accessible) or the long loop. My watch clocked it at a little over 4 miles and my recording clocked it at 4.8 miles...either way it’s much longer than AllTrails says. I took my eight year old and he did pretty well. There are a lot of small up and downs and he can struggle with that, but most people would think this is an easy hike I think. There are some narrow parts where it’s easy to fall down the hill, so just be careful on those parts. I’ll definitely be going back with my boyfriend.

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Jason Malcolm
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Off Path hidden gem. Awesome old growth trees along trail. Lots of runoff coming down the hill sides in the late winter and early spring feeding Waters Creek.

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Zachary Halstead
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Hiking

great trail, pretty easy to do. narrow in some spots. I went with my two young children. but still easy enough! we all had fun no views. but there's lots of really pretty trees and you hike along the creek most of the time. also a couple of nice benches to stop at!

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Debbie Walt
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Lovely shady trail. The interpretive signs need to be refreshed but some were readable and interesting. Encounter a nasty woman with 2 dogs off leash which she had zero control over and she left their mess on the trail. My dog was on a leash and she told me I shouldn’t bring my dog there if her off leash dogs bothered me. Oh well-some people don’t have to follow the rules I guess.

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Sherry Secrist
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My dog & I hike this regularly for an hour + cardio workout. It’s perfect; there is slight climbing and gently rolling hills. There is NO water in the upper creeks at this writing - 6/9/19 - but there are still plenty of places where your pup(s) can get a drink. The ticks are bad this year so, be sure to give your best friend a thorough going over, not to mention YOURSELF. It’s lovely, cool, aromatic and mostly serene although today I ran into a large family of at least 10, half of which were children aged 5 and under. Drive with respect for the private property owners the last mile!

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Victoria McBerty
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Cris J
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Our route combined the Waters Creek ADA trail and the Waters Creek hikers trail. The ADA section is wider and mostly flat. The hikers section is a hilly narrow trail with several run-off crossings. We suggest pants, both areas have poison oak along the sides of the tail, especially closer to the creek. We saw several people with dogs. Keep in mind they'll be brushing through poison oak. There is a nice parking area with a restroom at the trailhead. This hike is mostly shady with an abundance of ferns, moss, and flowers mixed in the trees.

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TODD BUSHMAN
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Path well maintained. There is quite a bit of poison oak but you can avoid it. If you want the full trail, take the Hikers only trail. We hiked early May and the wildflowers were blooming. Great hike.

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Morgan Ridenour
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with lots of little wildflowers. The weather was perfect! The trail is well marked and easy to follow, and my little chihuahua did awesome on it. Only saw a couple of people on the trail. Will do again!

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Windie Closterman
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pretty scenery and flowers

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Darus Juarez
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Easy loop trail hike that follows the creek. Well maintained. I came at 8 am on a Friday and we were the only people on the trail. Beautiful scenery.

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Mike P.
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We walked this trail in late February and were surprised to find a few inches of snow covering a large portion of the trail. The trail goes through a forest where oak trees are predominant and crosses several small streams. It is a pleasant, fairly easy hike that anyone in moderately good health can take.

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Shawn Randles
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Very beautiful and not too strenuous.

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Reed Adam
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Fantastic fall hike, went this morning after a rain. Beautiful golden leaves on the maple trees. Enjoyed this peaceful wander with it’s diversity of vegetation, lush moss and splendid little creek.

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Jannelle Bahn
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Beautiful!

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