Whittaker Creek Ridge Trail

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Whittaker Creek Ridge Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Walton, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
843 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running






old growth

Easy hike amongst old growth trees to a ridge overlooking Siuslaw River. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, swimming, hiking, and camping at Whittaker Creek. The site offers family camping in a wooded riverside location with a hiking trail that provides access to an old growth stand of Douglas Fir high above the campground. The Old Growth Ridge Trail was designated in 1994 as a National Recreation Trail due to the exceptional wildlife, geologic features, and old growth trees that are typical of coast range ecosystems. Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout can be observed in the fall and winter months in the creek next to the campground. The site also features a paved boat ramp that provides drift boat and canoe access to the Siuslaw River.

22 days ago

The trail is also called "Old Growth Ridge Trail", it is what the sign says. The first portion is called "Armantrout Loop" to commemorate the local biologist (there is a memorial) who was instrumental in recovery of endangered species. The trail is well-labeled with many benches built by Boy Scouts of America on the way. Three stars because: 1) at the time of hiking the place was intermittently overgrown, esp. in the beginning; 2) no good viewpoints, even the summit is a tree with a trail around, and broken bench. If you happen to camp at Whittaker, of course it is worth hiking but not as an independent goal.

1 month ago

Pretty nice

6 months ago

Beautiful display of death and rebirth in nature.

9 months ago

Nice short moderate hike. It’s mostly uphill with a bench at the end, but no real viewpoint. The forest was beautiful and full of fall colors.

11 months ago

Hiked on 9/9/17 with my dogs. The gate was closed, but it was possible to park along the road and walk in to the trail.

This hike is definitely not "easy", I would rate it as "moderate" ( Even William Sullivan...Oregon hiking guru rates this hike as moderate...). I hike often and found it to be steep and definitely broke a sweat! There is not a view at the top. That being said, it was just me and my dogs on the trail the entire time. the solitude was nice, with the exception that you could hear traffic and families hanging out at the river nearby at times.

The Armantrout loop is much more gradual incline than the old growth ridge summit trail. So depending on if you like a steep climb or descent, take that into consideration. Either trail could easily be made into an out and back hike rather than a loop if you prefer one option over the other.

Watch for downed trees and crumbling sections of trail. It's not bad, but it can catch you off guard if you aren't paying attention. there is a river access trail too (unfortunately people have not been kind to nature on these sections...lots of trash strewn about).

Overall a good hike. I probably won't be back but it's a good workout if your in the area. The old growth forest is beautiful.

This was my first time going to this trail. I have arthritis and have to be careful when hiking. I'm also not in the best shape. That being said, a combination of using a walking stick and my dog helping me, allowed me to do the whole trail alright. It's a bit steep in some parts, so wear good shoes and a walking stick would be helpful for those who struggle with steepness. The loop is only 3 miles (a bit more of you go to the summit, about .7 miles more) so it's not too bad. Very beautiful in an old growth forest. There are also some swimming holes at the base. Note that the trail can also be quite narrow in some areas.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great hike through old growth. No real view at the top but lots of sneak views. It is pretty steep going up but not too bad if you are in ok shape. The dogs loved it!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A nice hike with a decent ascent to the top. Doing the entire loop seemed a bit longer than the listed 3.1 miles and it took about an hour and a half to complete at a leisurely pace. A little surprised it's not rated as moderate due to the climb but if you're in decent shape it shouldn't be a problem.
There were several great informational plaques along the way to let you know what we were looking at and there were also a few logs and large branches to maneuver around but overall the trail was in good shape for February. Only saw one other group of hikers despite it being a Saturday afternoon with picture perfect weather.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I'll rate this as a 5 star for what it is, a fairly easy hike. The view on the summit was lacking because it was basically a peak with little room for any view. But it was the top and it felt good making it there. The trails were clearly marked and maintained, even after this last ice storm. I saw some large salmon in the creek that flows into the Siuslaw, that was pretty awesome. I spotted a crane or heron flying out of that same creek. The bird songs near the top really added some great atmosphere. It was worth the time and effort and would gladly go again.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Great Hike. No real view from the top but beautiful woodland scenery.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nice BLM trail. Can see salmon spawning in Whittaker Creek certain times of year. Trail goes through some riparian areas and climbs up quickly through some old growth. Not a great view at the summit, but nice hike.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Very nice.

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