Best trails in Dexter, Oregon

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Looking for a great trail near Dexter, Oregon? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Elijah Bristow State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spencer Butte Park or Shotgun Creek Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Dexter ranging from 2.2 to 5.6 miles and from 967 to 4,619 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Dexter, Oregon
Top trails (5)
#1 - Eagles Rest Trail
Willamette National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
#2 - Goodman Trail
Willamette National Forest
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
A well wooded trail that runs along side an inlet. After a brief climb, the trail crosses a few small creek beds before taking you through tall trees and fern lined views. Just short of two miles in, you will come across a small waterfall, that is very rewarding to your hike. Continue to the right just a few hundred yards to a large log bridge and Goodman Creek. Great picnic spot and turn around.Show more
#3 - Mount June Trail
Umpqua National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
[Temporary Closure of Forest Road 1751 -- Roads 1751 and 1758-715 Closed Due to Damage from Heavy Rainfall. Coming from the south, (Cottage Grove side) Rd. 1751 is closed due to a landslide about 2 miles before the trailhead, you can park at the road closure and hike the road up to the trailhead. This turns the hike into roughly 7 1/2 miles.] This short and steep hike to the top of Mt June will reward you with views of the Three Sisters and the Cascade range. A former lookout site, the summit at Mount June is the area's tallest peak at 4,618ft. The hike is short at 1.2 miles from trailhead to peak, but there are some fairly steep sections. The hike will take you through a Douglas fir forest with rhododendrons scattered throughout. From the top you will get nice views of the Three Sisters as well as Diamond Peak.Show more
#4 - Elk Trail
Elijah Bristow State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 37 m
Park is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for limited day use. Facilities may close without notice. NOTE: As of October 2019, the bridge on the trail is closed which means you may not be able to complete the loop. You can still do this trail as an out and back. Easy hike along Lost Creek and the Willamette River in Elijah Bristow State Park. The Elk trail is a short flat hike in a small portion of Elijah Bristow State Park. It starts along Lost Creek, continues past Channel Lake, through a meadow being restored to native species, then finally along the Willamette River. In the spring you will find a variety of wildflowers along the trail. Elijah Bristow State Park is an 847-acre collage of meadows, wetlands, ponds and scattered woodlands along the south bank of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. It is the centerpiece of a complex of parks on the river below and above Dexter Dam. Mountain bike riders, horseback riders and hikers share nearly 12 miles of trails that lead to great fishing holes and quiet places for watching wildlife, such as deer, elk, beaver, great blue herons, hawks, bald eagles, and coyotes. Professional botanists and student naturalists are lured by the park's diverse ecosystems, model restoration efforts and prime breeding grounds for the Western pond turtle. Seasonal salmon runs present added spectacles for sightseers and enticements for anglers.Show more
#5 - Turtle Trail
Elijah Bristow State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
Park is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for limited day use. Facilities may close without notice. Easy trail through Channel Lake area of Elijah Bristow State Park with lots of nature viewing areas. The Turtle Trail is a short easy hike along Channel Lake, which is more of a wetland then an actual lake. Be on the look out for wildlife as you sit on the benches in the area. Along the trail you will enter a forest where deer are known to hide out. Finally you will walk along the Willamette River. Mountain bike riders, horseback riders and hikers share nearly 12 miles of trails that lead to great fishing holes and quiet places for watching wildlife, such as deer, elk, beaver, great blue herons, hawks, bald eagles and coyotes. Professional botanists and student naturalists are lured by the park's diverse ecosystems, model restoration efforts, and prime breeding grounds for the Western pond turtle. Seasonal salmon runs present added spectacles for sightseers and enticements for anglers.Show more