Explore the most popular forest trails near Dexter with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this hike 11/12/18 If you are 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 an almost 7 1/2 miler. If you want to stay with just hiking the Mt. June trail itself, I would come in from the north side.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy little hike. Be careful of horse poop.

Loads of salamanders on trail on OCT 5 :-)

The trail itself is beautiful, short and steep enough to be considered a workout. The view at the top is beautiful, even on a partly cloudy day. It is pretty hard to get to the trailhead, convoluted in the end and a total lack of markers. If you don’t use your trip odometer in the truck or car, I doubt you will find it. The road was rough and you really needed AWD for the last couple miles. Beautiful view!

dirt bikers on the trail.

We started at the Hardesty trailhead and made it to the shelter. this was much more difficult than anticipated as it is steadily an increase in elevation practically the whole way. the upper part of the trail (after you cross the road) was hard to locate with no signage.

nice little area to wander around. should be really pretty in the Fall. A lot of blackberries and horse poop.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Exact directions to Eagles Rest trailhead and parking
Several people have written about difficulty or inability to find the trailhead. I know my first time was confusing and I was unsure where I was supposed to go so I will try to help.

If driving from the Eugene, on highway 58 turn right immediately after the sign for the Hardesty Trail turnoff but before the actual turnoff, which is across the bridge. You will be on Goodman Creek Road, vs. Goodman Creek Trail, which is off the Hardesty trail. A lot of people turn off there looking for Goodman Creek Trail. Okay, got that?

You are going to drive a total of exactly 3.3 miles up this road. The best way to get there is to mountain bike or use an off-road vehicle though not mandatory.

As soon as you leave the paved section in the photo, there is a deep pothole followed by a ton more. This unpaved road is NOT friendly to your average passenger vehicle. I would not recommend it for most cars with their limited clearance. The first 3/4 miles are particularly filled with incredibly deep potholes. They can come up suddenly and can be difficult to see. You must drop your speed to a crawl over these areas or risk suspension or undercarriage damage. Getting your car or van realigned is not cheap so slow and steady is the key.

After 3/4 miles the road straightens and smooths out but do not be fooled. At slightly over one mile, you will see a turnoff on your right. Immediately around the corner from that are some more ball-busting potholes. Then about 1/4 mile farther are more. Watch out for the giant one. It has its own zip code! It is giant because most people are missing it on the way down and slamming into it. After that, it is semi-clear sailing with just a pothole here and there. But take your time coming and going. This is not a road to rush along. For 4-wheelers and off-roaders it is a bouncy breeze.

At 2.6 miles is one of the places people are getting confused. There is a Y in the road. BEAR LEFT.

Go another .7 miles and to your right is a primitive turnoff. (see photos) People who are having trouble finding the trailhead are probably looking for something more official looking or a sign. There are no signs. The two photos show the road and the turnoff. You will know you missed it if you keep driving and come across another little used road to your left. If you see it, go back about 1/3rd mile.

Beautiful trail, have fun!!

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near Eugene because it’s lightly trafficked, unlike Spencer’s Butte, and feels very wild even though it’s so close to Lowell and Eugene. It’s relatively easy, with a few steep parts and switch backs, and the mini falls provides a nice swim. The only main downsides is that there is not much of a view and the trail can be quite muddy between November and May so bring boots that you don’t mind getting dirty and won’t soak through. Otherwise, though, it’s a great day hike!

beautiful trail through old growth forest with an amazing view at the summit.

I didn’t actually do this complete shorter trail, but the views at the summit are amazing! One of the best hike views I’ve seen. There is a longer trail you can do but I do not recommend it unless you’re with someone who has done it before. It is not marked at all until one point and it is extremely easy to miss that sign! We missed it and ended up hiking 5+ extra miles that day. I’d stick to this shorter one and it is absolutely worth the incline!

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike on our way home from camping at Odell Lake and enjoyed the reward of Goodman Creek. We did not go past Goodman Creek and it's inviting swimming hole and mini falls. There was a small campsite made at this junction, but sadly, whomever camped there felt that the forest would look much prettier with their collection of toilet paper and body waste off the side of the trail. It was approx 4 miles round trip from Hardestry Trailhead, moderate and mostly dry. Some steep inclines but mostly gradual and a pleasant hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm sure this is a great hike, but I never found it. Took Goodman Rd set the odometer and around 3.2 miles in was at a fork and I didn't see any markings for anything. That, in combination with no cell signal and an already sketchy road getting worse made me turn around unfortunately.

Very surprised there wasn't at least some sort of sign around there, unless I just completely missed it which is possible.

walking
4 months ago

This is an easy and leisurely path for people of all skill levels. There are good views of the creek and the river. It's an easy little excursion if you live around Eugene or Cottage Grove and need to get a little fresh air.

on Mount June Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great view!! 15 mile drive up windy road. Short and steep hike.

Amazing hike just went end of june great hike made it up in an impala, but would suggest a 4x4 due to pit holes!

Beautiful forest hike. Gradually ascends. Ran into a group of bikers and one hiker, pretty empty.

That said, Eagle Rest itself is a mediocre vista (for Oregon), due to the timber cropping in the area. Some hills harvested to the dirt.

Still, if you live in the Eugene area and you want a nice little hike thru the forest, with less foot traffic than Spencer and Pisgah... this meets the criteria

trail running
5 months ago

what an awesome hike! went all the way to Eagles Rest. Fantastic view.

hiking
5 months ago

5 stars for the view at the top! I didn’t actually hike all of the 2.8 miles track as we opted for the longer 7+ miles hike. I don’t recommend the longer one unless you’re with somebody who’s done it before. The trailhead is not marked and there was a sign along the way that was almost impossible to see on your way up and we ended up hiking 5+ miles in the wrong direction. But the actual Mount June summit is absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
5 months ago

Really well maintained trail! Nice drive up - follow directions carefully and set your odometer to find the last access road 1721. (small triangle of road on the left when approaching) Some light hail, cloudy day so no view for us, but still worth it! Great exercise - suggest poles and/or walking stick because this trail is s t e e p!

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike! Although if tying in to Eagles rest hike, be aware that there is about a 2 mile section between the end of Goodman and start of Eagles rest. According to my William Sullivan book it is 14 miles total when combined. I didn't find this out until after second guessing my internal odometer and read my book once reaching the top of Eagles rest. Fairly difficult altogether, but well worth it. There is a cool mini fall and log bridge on Goodman and a timber hut used for old pack trains back in the day; if you continue up to the rest. That's when you know you are in track. It gets tough after the second trailhead across the road, but keep plugging. The view is well worth it from the top!

hiking
5 months ago

I started this 14 mi. total round trip hike at the Hardesty/Goodman trailhead on Hwy 58. Separately Goodman and Eagles rest are moderate, but if you link them they are more difficult. Goodman ends at an unmarked campspot next to a mini falls. This is where it's mileage is calculated I believe. I kept plugging along past the 2 trailheads, one is about 2 mi. and the upper is .7 mi. from the top. Very gorgeous view from the top and well worth the full trek. Very rewarding when you're done.

We had a some rain, hail, snow, and splash of sunshine. A nice short adventure in the mountains for my birthday

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was short very, small path, was very hard to find. The road up to it was kinda small and had very large and deep pot holes.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike in the middle of the forest. It follows the creek and has a small waterfall. One end meets up with Eagles Rest trail. It is about 2 miles long and small incline in places. Great view of the lake and mountains.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice trail, when you start it will be down hill to the creek below which meets up with Goodman trail. It is shorter so I recommend planning to add Goodman trail also.

We enjoyed this trail thru the Old Growth Willamette Forest. A little over two miles in is the Goodman creek and has a cute little waterfall and swimming hole. We took the Goodman Creek fork. Little muddy in spots but trail is in good condition. Lots of wild flowers we enjoyed this hike. Will be back to do one of the other seven hikes off this trail.

6 months ago

hiked to the waterfall (more like a tall rapid) yesterday. The trail was decently maintained with only a tree or two over the trail but boy was it slick and muddy in some spots. Luckily I was the only one with a decent pair of boots and didn't take any spills but my two friends weren't so lucky.

6 months ago

Very nice little Saturday....watch out for horses and their piles...

6 months ago

Not too many people on a Saturday in May. These trails are very easy and wander near river and thru some dense forest. There were several people on horseback so keep your eyes peeled for them and their piles....

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