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|With abundant natural playgrounds from the Coast to the Cascades, the region offers a multitude of affordable action-packed adventures all within close proximity. |
Outdoor enthusiasts from around the world come here for amazing whitewater rafting, coastal sandboarding, hiking, mountain biking and snow sports.
|Set out on foot along trails through old growth forest to sparkling waterfalls or drive miles of scenic country roads past covered bridges and tranquil lakes. |
The handy Adventure Guide is a great source of adventurous inspiration. Or select a local guide service to show you some of the Pacific Northwest's secrets close up by jet boat, drift boat, river raft, helicopter, dune buggy or gondola.
Flying on the Oregon Coast is a magical experience, with the beautiful scenery and the breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy the seldom seen beauty of the cliffs, beaches and lighthouses from a different perspective - between 500 and 1,000 feet above the ground. Operating at the Florence Municipal Airport.
Experience the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley like you have never seen it before. You will always remember a helicopter tour with ApexHeli. Offering a variety of tours throughout the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley. ApexHeli was founded in 2007 and has since grown to a full scale helicopter and fixed wing commercial, tour and training company headquartered out of Florence, Oregon and providing service throughout the United States. If you want to fly for fun or have a project that requires aerial service, contact us and let ApexHeli find the best way to meet your needs.
Bike Friday manufactures performance travel bicycles. For the bicycle enthusiast who needs to quickly board the bus or train, or pack their bicycle for airline travel, Bike Friday bicycles fold in seconds for added convenience. Made in Oregon, Bike Fridays are customized for an individual's size, weight, riding style and personal preference.
Nature center and wildlife hospital specializing in birds of prey. Visit over 60 birds of 33 species. Open Tuesday - Sunday and major Monday holidays. Hours April - October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; November - March 10 - 4 p.m. Field trips and group tours by appointment.
Hike along the banks of Coyote Creek, which feeds Fern Ridge Lake. Lots of marshes full of birds and animals. Seasonal closures to protect nesting waterfowl. Head west on Highway 126 from Eugene, turn left on Central Rd opposite Perkins Peninsula Park. Turn left on Cantrell. Parking area on left by creek's west bank.
This marshy wetland area supports many birds and animals including deer, coyote, beavers, rabbits, frogs and snakes. Spout ducks, blue heron, songbirds and bats. Seasonal closures to protect nesting waterfowl. Manged by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Head west on Highway 126 from Eugene, turn left on Central Rd opposite Perkins Peninsula Park. Turn left on Cantrell. Parking area on left by creek's west bank.
A group of dedicated birders created this website to showcase 11 sites in Eugene. It includes a map of the location, photos of birds and descriptions. This guide will direct you to the finest places to observe many of these birds.
Hoodoo has a 60,000-square foot (5574-square meter) day lodge, three quad, one triple and one double chairlifts. There are 800 skiable acres and 30 alpine trails. Check the schedule for the Autobahn Tubing Park and night skiing. The lodge includes a ski rental and repair shop (snowbike, Trikke and snow scooters also), ski shop, restaurant, full bar, lockers, showers, arcade and dining areas. Plus an RV park with showers and full hookups. In addition, they operate and maintain more than 70 Forest Service campgrounds (no showers/hookups). Day parking is free for Hoodoo skiers or by Snopark.
Ride along a section of the old US Route 28 (1926-1952) which was later replaced by HWY 126. A paved two lane road offers a steep climb and 25 miles through the Siuslaw National Forest (50 miles round trip).
A personalized guide service focused on urban or country adventures from the Oregon Coast to the Cascades. Scenic half day or full day trips by drift boat or jet boat. Trips can be customized with hotel or airport pick-up, picnic lunches and hikes. In the heart of Eugene, explore the greenways along the Willamette River, getting a close-up look at nature's treasures often overlooked by others. In the fall, embark on a salmon spawning trip deep in old growth forests or go crabbing in Florence! Owner/guide David Oehler is a lifelong Oregonian and an avid outdoorsman who grew up on the rivers.
Single Track Paradise Welcome to Oregon Adventures. Situated in Oakridge, Oregon "The Mt. Bike Capital of the Northwest" We offer guided single day and weekend mountain bike tours in the Willamette National Forest. • World class Single Track with scenic views. • Ride though lush ferns under the canopy of old growth forest. • Ride along side mountain lakes and rushing rivers. • View wild flowers and wildlife and pick wild berries. It's your ticket to ride!
With nearly 200 sites along more than 1,000 miles of scenic roadways, the Cascades is an area for birders of all skill and interest levels. The Delta Old-Growth Trail winds through low-elevation, old-growth conifer forest. Look for the tree’s native homeowners including five, Hermit Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. In the hallows left by the five species of woodpeckers that also call the forest home spot Hooded Mergansers, Wood Duck, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and the Northern Flying Squirrel. For more birding locations, follow the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail guide.
Trek along the rocky shores of the Aquarium as sea otters and seals romp among the rocks. An octopus lurks in an undersea coastal cave. Encounter sharks. All in a day's visit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, a place of wonder!
Where Cape Creek meets the Pacific Ocean, Heceta Head Lighthouse and scenic viewpoint is an excellent location to search for the different types of seabirds that nest and migrate along the Oregon Coast. In the waters see hundreds of Western Gull bathe and along the Sitka spruce forest lining the path up to the lighthouse see close views of Wrentit, Song and White-crowned Sparrow, Red Crossbill, Varied Thursh and Wilson’s and Oregon-crowned Warbler. Drive further along the coast and stop at any of the 173 birding hotspots. Don’t forget your binoculars and Oregon Coast Birding Trail Guide.
Offers guided tree climbing in old-growth forests for adventure, personal growth and education. For families and adults. Tree-top overnights available.
Overlooking the Dorena Reservoir, this easy paved 15.6 mile (25 km) trail is lovely for hiking or wheelchairs. It replaces the original tracks of the Oregon Pacific and Eastern Railway, which ran from Cottage Grove to Culp Creek. Several covered bridges and the train bridge in the movie Stand By Me are in the vicinity. Watch for osprey, heron, ducks and bald eagles in the grassy marshes. In the spring look for blue Camas flowers. Start at the convenient trail-head right in Cottage Grove, or park and bike from the scenic Mosby Creek Bridge. Only 20 minutes (by car) south of Eugene.
Overlooking the Dorena Reservoir, this easy paved 15.6 mile (25 km) trail is lovely cycling. It replaces the original tracks of the Oregon Pacific and Eastern Railway, which ran from Cottage Grove to Culp Creek. Several covered bridges and the train bridge in the movie Stand By Me are in the vicinity. Watch for osprey, heron, ducks and bald eagles in the grassy marshes. In the spring look for blue Camas flowers. Start at the convenient trail-head right in Cottage Grove, or park and bike from the scenic Mosby Creek Bridge. Only 20 minutes (by car) south of Eugene. "Row" rhymes with "cow."
A unique opportunity to experience the Oregon Dunes. Located four miles (6.4 km) south of Florence, direct access to the dunes offering guided tours, group tours, ATV rentals, gift shop, snack bar, ATV camping and miniature golf.
The 'World's First Sandboard Park'. 40 acres (16 ha) of private sculpted sand dunes surrounded by 200 acres (81 ha) of public dunes and forest. Sand Master Park is the place where it all started. We offer: sand boards, sand sleds, skim boards, boogie boards, dune buggy tours, helicopter tours, sand sculpting, RV park, garden picnic area, game room, pro shop, 40 foot ramp, 50 foot hydraulic ramp, rail slides, jumps, events, summer concerts and lessons.
The folks that brought sandboarding to Oregon also offer dune buggy rides! Climb aboard for a 30 minute "family" or "extreme" tour of the largest coastal sand dunes in North America. Professional drivers crest 500 foot (152.5 m) dunes in open air buggies. Enjoy the thrill and learn about the dunes' unique eco-system. Check out sandboarding and the park pro-shop. Dune buggy tours have a two person minimum, three person maximum.
Featuring exciting dune buggy-tours up to 10 passengers and scenic giant tours on 27+ passenger buggies (accommodating up to 54). Also offering a fun center with go-karts, 18-hole miniature golf, bumper boats, riding railroad, gift shop and more.
A cavernous sea cave adopted by a herd of Steller sea lions, some years numbering as many as 200. Take an elevator ride 200 feet (61 m) down into the cave as tall as a 12-story building and as wide as a football field. During the fall and winter barking sea lions lounge around inside the cave's natural amphitheater and during the summer months they sprawl along outside rock ledges with their young. Believed to be America's largest sea cave and the only known mainland home of wild sea lions in the world. Outside paths and viewing platforms. Gift and snack shop.
Beach day use with paved parking and direct pedestrian beach access. Great for beachcombing, horseback riding and hiking. Stagecoach Trailhead includes the accessible Lagoon trail and the longer Waxmyrtle trail. Wet sand beach area is closed to dogs. However, dogs are allowed north of the day use area and south of the Waxmyrtle trail beach access. There is an OHV staging area here for the north end of the beach, the Coast Guard OHV trail and open riding areas. Seasonal beach restrictions south of the parking lot from March 15-Sept 15 to protect the nesting Western Snowy Plover.
Produces Ski Oregon magazine that is distributed at ski shops, ski areas, accommodations and visitor centers. The website provides information on snowsports and special offerings. Ski Oregon is a not-for-profit trade association that promotes the snow sport industry in Oregon.
Hike along the banks of Sutton Creek, away from Sutton Lake on the Oregon Coast. Northwest Forest Pass required for trailhead and picnic area. Please stay on trail to protect nesting Snowy Plovers. 5 miles.
Naturalist guide service with an emphasis on environmental education, conservation, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. Explorations include berry picking, mushroom hunting, wildflower hikes and more. Learn about what you see! Adventures can be customized and groups can be accommodated. Seasonal snowshoeing offered.
Located just 15 miles (24 km) east of Eugene. While horseback riding, enjoy scenic trails in the foothills of the beautiful McKenzie River Valley. Experience the local wildlife, including deer, coyotes, hawks and an occasional bald eagle.
A 258-acre, working filbert farm, Dorris Ranch is just one of 21 locations in Springfield where you can watch birds in action. With upland prairie and riparian forest, this wet habitat is a great location to spot the Pileated Woodpecker, Spotted Sandpiper, owls and winter raptors. Dorris Ranch is a superb one-stop birding location. To visit the other 20 great birding locations in Springfield, follow the Willamalane Birding Trail guide. Stop by the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure center to get your complimentary copy or print your own copy online.
Come play a round of miniature golf that marks the travels of a fish from the Columbia River to the ocean. Enjoy the park facilities, museum, picnic area and upland game birds! View the salmon and sturgeon and feed the trout. Self-guided tours every day.
The wonder of the Cascades is remarkable. Capture it in your memory and senses year-round. Winters you'll be whisked to the summit on Oregon’s fastest chairlift. Summers we’ll transport you to the top of the Cascades aboard our scenic gondolas. Ski, ride, hike, bike or soak up the view!
In the summer, Willamette Pass is home to some of the wildest mountain biking in Oregon and is one of the few resorts in the state providing lift serviced access. There are some tame trails, but the majority are untamed. Trails and routes are available for intermediate to expert level riders. A “Mountain Bike” ticket is necessary for transporting your bike and gear up the Oregon Skyway and utilizing the trails at Willamette Pass Resort.
Many of the birds that Lewis & Clark wrote about in their journals over 200 years ago can be found throughout the lush landscape that marks the end of the Oregon Trail. The Delta Ponds in the heart of Eugene near the Willamette River is home to over 120 bird species. Look for pond regulars like Gradwall, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, and Great Blue Heron in the swamping marshes and overhead for Bald Eagle, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon. To view more native birds to the Eugene area, complete the birding loop around Fern Ridge Reservoir as outlined in the Willamette Valley Birding Trail Guide.
Commonly referred to as "The Crown Jewel" of the world-renowned Oakridge mountain bike trails, the Alpine Trail offers a little bit of everything, but most-of-all fun singletrack through lush forest. With numerous options, the ride can either take a few hours or all day. The trail is challenging and will test a rider's endurance and ability. The trail can be ridden as a loop starting at the Office Covered Bridge and shuttle options are available.
This "Magic Carpet Ride" on the Aufderheide Highway makes for a great scenic bike day trip, connecting Rainbow to Oakridge. This is a nearly symmetrical ride, halfway up and then halfway down. Even though you're climbing, the smooth rolling pavement is so sublime that you don't notice the effort. Traffic is light and ample sunlight filters through the trees. This is a great ride in the fall to view leaf color change.
This difficult .8 mi (1,28 km) trail on a clear day offers views of the Cascade Range from Mt Hood to Mt Shasta. Wildflowers bloom in late June. DIRECTIONS: From Cottage Grove take Row River Rd to Sharps Creek and turn right. Follow Sharp Creek Rd to Bohemia Saddle County Park. Park your car here to start your hike.
This moderate 5.7 mile (9.2 km) trail follows Brice Creek. The crystal clear water in an old growth forest make Brice Creek a popular destination for photography, fishing, berry picking and nature study. Directions: From Cottage Grove take Row River Rd east 19 miles (30,6 km) to the junction of Laying Creek Rd #17 and Brice Creek Rd 2470 and continue 3.3 miles (5,3 km) to the West Trailhead. For other trailheads continue east on Brice Creek Rd.
Brice Creek Trail is part of a 10.5 mile loop. The route is made up of 5.5 miles of single track, and 5 miles of paved forest road. The path rises and falls as it travels beside the rushing water of Brice Creek. The elevation gained on this route is not huge, but because of the trail's technical aspects it is recommended for intermediate to advanced riders. The technical challenges include roots, rocks, cliffs and poison oak. The last mile of the trail runs beside a flume that once carried water to generate electricity in Lund Park.
This state-designated 35.5 mile (57.13 km) scenic bikeway follows the Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Tour Route and features an all-ages and all-abilities cycling experience of bridges, Dorena Lake, and Cottage Grove’s historic downtown. Of particular interest for families, the bikeway offers a no-traffic cycling experience along the Row River Trail, an off-street, paved path through diverse landscapes and over moderate terrain.
Riding along this path is an easy to moderate difficulty level. It is 9.2 miles of nature, ocean, steep descents, and fast cruising on a double-track trail. The more difficult portion of the trail is a foot climb up a single lane of asphalt. Off Highway 101 near Florence Oregon.
This easy 0.5 mile (0,8 km) wheelchair accessible loop trail winds through a diverse, ancient, and beautiful forest ecosystem where 650 year old trees tower over 200 feet above a variety of native plants and animals. The clear waters of the streams hold trout, salmon, and amphibians. The trail is open year-round, although a gate blocks car access in the winter. This trail is approximately 60 miles (97 km) from Eugene.Directions: From Hwy 126 turn south on Aufderheide National Scenic Byway Road #19. Follow the signs to Delta Campground.
Diamond Creek Falls Trail #3598 is a difficult 2.5 mile (4 km) loop that begins at Salt Creek Falls Observation Site. A spur trail 0.25 mile from the footbridge leads to Too Much Bear Lake. The trail continues to another junction with a spur trail that leads to base of Upper Diamond Creek Falls. This spur trail contains a unique log stairway and a large cedar log footbridge, which leads the hiker to a breath taking view of the falls. A short distance past the viewpoint, the trail splits.
This moderate 13.7 mi (21.92 km) trail entices hikers with its unique scenery in each season: fall mushrooms, winter solitude, spring wildflowers and summer swimming holes. Expect a few short steep sections from each of the 5 trailheads. The lower trailhead is about 32 miles (52 km) from Eugene. Directions: Drive Hwy 58 to Lowell. From Lowell, drive 2 miles (3,2 km) on Jasper-Lowell Rd and turn right at the Unity Covered Bridge onto Big Fall Creek Rd. Continue about 10 miles (16 km) along the north shore road, which becomes Road #18. The lower trailhead is opposite Dolly Varden Campground.
This 6.9-mile (11.1-km) multi-use path takes you through some of the best birding and wildlife and plant viewing in the Eugene area. Beginning at the Meadowlark Prairie Trailhead on Greenhill Rd, watch for interpretative signage as you head east into the West Eugene Wetlands. Wheelchair accessible. During the wetter months be aware that low lying sections may be prone to flooding.
This trail is fast. fun, and short. You’ll be grabbing brake the whole time. But it’s not just the speed, it’s the super flowy and cue-ball-smooth trail surface that makes this a winner despite the short distance. Only a couple tight corners give you pause during 2.5 miles of ripping, joyful singletrack. Combine this trail with Aubrey Mountain and Salmon Creek for a longer ride. Shuttles are available.
Explore the scenic diversity of the southern reaches of the Willamette Valley on this cycling route. Follow the Coast Fork of the Willamette River through open farmland and sprawling orchards near Creswell and Cottage Grove, then head into the forested foothills and watch for wildflowers on your way to the plentiful Lorane Valley. This 43-mile loop offers moderate climbs and descents with smooth on-road riding conditions.
One of the Oakridge area's famous descents. After considerable climbing from the you will reach the high point at Hardesty Mountain. After ½ mile of cruising, the downhill thrill begins. This section is fast and smooth with sporadic roots and rocks. Slow down and you’ll notice clover, green maple, Oregon Grape, and the occasional trillium. After 3 miles you’ll arrive at Crale Creek Road. From Crale Creek Rd you it's another 2.5 miles of the same style of singletrack. Watch your speed as hiker traffic increases near the lower trailhead.
This easy 1 mi (1,6 km) trail starts at the North end of Devil's Elbow State Park and climbs .3 mi (,5 km) through salal and a spruce grove to an old road. On your right is the Heceta Light Station, now a Bed & Breakfast. Continue along the road .2 mi (,32 km) to the lighthouse. Enjoy great bird and wildlife viewing from the lighthouse yard.
Children will enjoy this easy 6.3 mi (10,1 km) trail. Known for spring wildflowers this trail offers a spectacular array of colors in the fall as well.
This relatively tough loop begins with tight switchbacks, rock chutes, gnarly roots, tricky creek crossings, and plenty of smooth swoopy sections in between. Then it’s more technical patches, a couple uphill grunts and then after 3 miles, the trail joins Larison Creek. Here the temperature drops and you’ll notice a vast array of trillium, old growth, and lush Oregon flora.
Larison Rock begins in Greenwaters Park in the heart of Oakridge. Follow paved Larison Rock Road uphill for five-miles to FR 3607. Stay right onto FR 3607 and get ready to descend 3.4 miles through lush rainforest. Be prepared for tight switchbacks, patches of loose rocks and creek crossings. The twisting, mostly smooth trail ultimately leads you back to the parking lot at Greenwaters Park.
This challenging 38 mile (61.16 km) route is a spectacular ride over the McKenzie Pass. Ascend 2,000 feet (609.60 m) through meadows, ponderosa pine forests and 2,000-year-old lava flows before descending into dense, verdant Cascadian forests and the McKenzie River. Delight in waterfalls and unobstructed views of snowcapped vistas. Not plowed or sanded in the winter, HWY 242 closes to vehicles generally from November until late June. Prior to being reopened to cars, this route is enjoyed exclusively by cyclists and hikers who welcome the absence of cars on the tight, steep switchbacks.
This easy 26.5 mile (43 km) trail parallels the scenic McKenzie River, gaining 1,750 ft (525 m) as it passes through many contrasting environments: lava beds, lakes, reservoirs, waterfalls, cold-water creeks and dense old-growth forests. Eleven clearly marked trailheads provide access from Hwy 126. The lower trailhead is approximately 56 miles (90 km) from Eugene and at an elevation of 1,450 ft (435 m). No permit is needed and the lower half is great for kids.
The McKenzie River Trail (MRT) is a mountain biking favorite. The trail can be ridden from top to bottom in a few hours or shuttled between numerous trail heads. The upper half of the trail is more technical, through lava flows and rocky areas. The bottom half, below Trailbridge Reservoir is less technical with more flowy singletrack that parallels the majestic river. The trail passes through Belknap Hot Springs before coming to an end in McKenzie Bridge. The trail is 26.5 miles (43 km) and gains 1,750 ft (525 m) along its path. 2008 Bike Magazine's Trail of the Year.
Designated a National Recreation Trail in 2007, Middle Fork Willamette Trail runs 32+ miles, winding northwest from the blunt end of the Middle Fork valley near Timpanogas Lake all the way down to Sand Prarie Campground at Hills Creek Reservoir. The trail is moderately strenuous and consists of nearly 95% singletrack. The trail follows the Willamette River from it's starting point to the dam, and follows the historic Oregon Central Military Wagon Road in spots. Intermediate-advanced riders only for this since it is an all day affair and a very long ride.
A variety of easy to moderate loop trails from 0.5 miles (0,3 km) to 1.5 miles (1,2 km) make Mt. Pisgah a great place for all ages and abilities to explore. The trails wind through trees and wildflowers labeled to help visitors learn plant identification. Watch for bullfrogs and turtles in the water garden. Mt. Pisgah Arboretum provides maps of trails throughout the park. Adjacent Howard Buford Recreation Area offers longer and more strenuous hikes.
This popular path starts on Quince and wanders through lovely natural forest vegetation to Spruce Street, then along Munsel Creek to West Park Drive. The path is paved and enjoyed by cyclers, joggers, and strollers.
This 350-mile (560-km) route from border to border takes travelers along the magnificent Oregon coastline. One of the first National Scenic Byways, Highway 101, constructed in the 1930s and 1940s over wagon roads and native trails, offers breathtaking oceean panoramas and abundant recreation opportunities.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a 2,638 mile (4221 km) wildland route connecting Mexico and Canada. The trail travels 118 miles (189 km) through the Three Sisters Mountains and over Lane County's Diamond Peak. Access the trail near Dee Wright Observatory on Hwy 242, closed during winter, or just east of Willamette Pass Ski Area on Hwy 58. The Willamette Pass trailhead is approximately 70 miles (113 km) from Eugene.
Start in the All America town of Cottage Grove for a lovely 97.3 mile (156.59 km) ride through the South Willamette Valley wine country. Stop at five fantastic wineries to taste the region's famous pinot noir. The journey can be completed in two separate, approximately 50 mile (80.47 km) loops by staying at a bed and breakfast mid-point. The loops are known as Wolf Creek Loop and Hamm Road Loop. The route is designed around low-traffic country roads rolling past farms, orchards and vineyards with a varied terrain of valleys and hillsides. Bring a camera for some memorable photos.
A true sense of deep-forest solitude and mountain beauty is found at Proxy Falls. Travel along the 1+ mile (1.6 km) loop trail through open lava fields and dense forest to view two distinctly different waterfalls. Day Use Fee Area or Northwest Forest Pass required.
For the most part, bikes are prohibited on the trails around Spencer's Butte with the exception of the Ridgeline Trail. Begin at the trail head on Martin Street and ascend on singletrack through Eugene's south hills.
An extensive trail system in South Eugene popular for hiking and trail running.
The moderate 3mi (4.8 km) Waterfalls Loop Trail #3507 connects Sahalie and Koosah Falls. Follow the rushing whitewater of the McKenzie River through lush forest and over two waterfalls.
Salmon Creek is a pleasant river trail that has two parts. One side is very smooth and great for kids/beginners. The other side is a classic Oakridge river trail, complete with rocks & roots. From Oakridge, ride 1 mile up the south side of Salmon Creek on double track. Pass the Fish Hatchery and cross the Creek to start your easy cruise on the north side. The smooth singletrack wanders for 4 miles, to Salmon Ck. Falls Campground. Follow the same route back or backtrack a short distance to a small bridge over Salmon Creek to tackle the technical side. The trail is on your right.
Salt Creek Falls Trail #3673 is an easy .5 mile (.8 km) hike with a wheelchair accessible observation point to view Salt Creek Falls, the second tallest waterfall in Oregon. From the observation point the trail drops steeply into the canyon, ending near the base of the waterfall. Diamond Creek Falls Trail #3598 also starts at the Salt Creek Falls Observation Site.
This short 4 mile lolli-pop ride is ideal for beginners and families. The trail is smooth and lined with ferns, salal, and Oregon grape through a forest full of cedar and spruce trees. There is a primitive campground after 2 miles alongside Siltcoos Lake.
This moderate 1 mile (0,62 km) forested trail provides a view of the Willamette River and downtown Eugene.
This moderate to difficult 1.7 mile (2.7 km) loop trail climbs 784 ft (235 m) before reaching the summit of Spencer Butte. The 360-degree view from the summit makes this short but challenging trail worth the effort for hikers of all ages. Look for views of the Three Sisters and Fern Ridge Reservoir. Connect this trail with other sections of the Ridgeline Trail System for a longer hike. Watch for poison oak and rattle snakes along the trail.
Visitors can access the 3.5 miles (5,6 km) of easy to moderate trails and 11 beautiful waterfalls through four trailheads: Homestead Trailhead, Sweet Creek Falls Trailhead, Wagon Road Trailhead and Beaver Creek Trailhead. A short segment starting at the Homestead Trailhead is accessible by wheelchair. This trail is 57 miles (92 km) from Eugene.Directions: From Highway 126 in Mapleton, go south on Sweet Creek Rd for 11 miles (17,6 km).
Waldo Lake is the second deepest lake in the state of Oregon and one of the purest in the world. The singletrack trail around the lake is equally impressive and takes riders through lush forest and also an old burn area. In 2012, IMBA awarded Waldo Lake Trail "Epic" status. The trail can be ridden as a full loop or a shuttle from North Waldo Campground to Shadow Bay. This trail will test one's endurance and technical skill. Mosquitoes can be problematic in early spring through August.
This 19.6 mile (31,6 km) loop trail goes around Waldo Lake, one of the clearest lakes in the world. Although most of the trail is out of view of the lake, spectacular views abound. View Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and the Middle and South Sister from the south and west portion of the trail. Commonly known as Waldo Lake Trail the trail was renamed after it received National Recreation Trail designation. Directions:From Oakridge drive 27 miles (43.5 km) east on Hwy 58. Turn north on Waldo Lake Rd #5897. Continue 13 miles (21 km) to Waldo Lake Campground or drive on to Shadow Bay Campground.
This 5 mi (8 km) easy trail offers views of Waldo Lake and several Cascade Peaks. From North Waldo Campground the trail follows the shoreline for 1 mi (.62 km) before joining the Jim Weaver Loop Trail (Waldo Lake Trail). A second 3 mi (4.8 km) segment heads south along the east shore at North Waldo Campground passing through Islet Campground and ends at the largest beach on the lake. A separate 1 mi (.62 km) segment starts south of Shadow Bay and continues past Shadow Bay boat ramp and campground passing beaches and views of rocky islands.
This moderate 1.5 mile (2.4 km) trail offers views of the Siltcoos River Estuary and ocean beach. Watch for plentiful wildlife, even the occasional bear along the trail. Snowy plover breed in the estuary. Please respect the estuary trail closure March through September. The beach trail offers ocean access year-round.Directions: At milepost 198 on Hwy 101 turn west on to Siltcoos Rd. After 1.5 miles (2.4 km) turn left across a bridge and continue to the trailhead.
The Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System connects all the riverfront parks in a loop and encompasses over 12 miles, including five pedestrian/bike bridges.
This 132 mile (212.43 km) scenic bikeway was the first of it's kind in the state of Oregon, and stretches from Armitage Park in Eugene to Champoeg State Park. The route winds through the lush Willamette Valley past hop farms, vineyards and through quaint small towns. With numerous places to stay along the way, riders can split the trip up into multiple days.
Challenge yourself on this 50-mile cycling route through the moss-laden forests of the Coast Range foothills. Breathe in the moist air and listen to the chorus of frogs at lower elevations. This route caters to riders who prefer remote or wilderness environments, as there are no services and you’re more likely to see another cyclist than a car. Wolf Creek winds through the hills, making long, gradual climbs and descents with some shorter, steep sections.
Young's Rock (a.k.a. Moon Point) Trail traverses three distinct eco-systems. Old growth forest at the top, high desert in the middle and oak savannah restoration at the bottom. This is a more difficult trail that is 6 miles in length and has some very steep sections. Along the path are panoramic views of Dome Rock, Diamond Peak, and Sawtooth Mountain. The recommended use is between the months of June and October and shuttles are available from Oakridge.
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