Travel Lane County
541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 · EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


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The Adventure Checklist 

Use the Adventure Checklist to plan and prepare for your next adventure from day trips to weekend getaways.

The Adventure Checklist

  • Navigation (map/GPS/compass)
  • Cell phone, cell phone charger and car adapter
  • Food and water
  • Appropriate footwear (for weather and terrain)
  • Extra layers for rain and cold - Oregon’s weather can change quickly!
  • Permits (parking, park or wilderness access)
  • Trash bags
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Sun protection (hat/sunscreen/glasses)
  • First aid kit and hand sanitizer
  • Pocket knife/multi-tool
  • For mountain biking, use the Forest Service's list of tips to ensure a safe trip

Camping Additions  

  • Tent
  • Additional food and water
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Medications
  • Fire kit (matches/lighter)
  • Extra blankets, food and water

Winter Additions 

  • Sno-Park Passes
  • Winter recreation maps
  • Multiple warm layers of clothes
  • Gloves, hat and wool socks 
  • Durable footwear with traction (boots, snowshoes or traction cleats)
  • Lip balm, sunscreen and sunglasses for bright snow
  • Carry traction tires or chains (with instructions!)
  • Extra change of clothes for drive home
  • Snow shovel 

What to Know Before You Go

Research and plan your route. Map your route and check for updates and alerts about trail conditions and campgrounds. In this region, you can check for this information by calling the Adventure Center, the Middle Fork Ranger Station, Cottage Grove Ranger Station, or McKenzie River Ranger Station

Expect the unexpected. Plan for sites without restrooms or water stations. Pack extra food and water for delays, detours and emergencies.

Be prepared for limited cell phone service.  Cell service may not be available in rural areas. When out of cell reception, conserve phone battery life by switching to airplane mode. Several apps allow users to track their location without the internet. Try downloading Avenza Maps or Pacific NW National Forests from your app store. ​​If you plan on using applications for maps or geocaching, download the apps prior to heading off on your adventure.

Bring a map. We recommend bringing a paper map to guide you when your cell phone signal drops or if your cell battery runs out. Paper maps are available for purchase at the Adventure Center

Check road conditions and weather. Check for road closures, delays and weather warnings before you leave at www.tripcheck.com. For weather, call 511. For winter weather travel tips and advisories, check out ODOT’s Winter Travel Tips online.

Permits.  It is advisable to purchase any needed permits prior to heading out. Many campgrounds and trailheads require a parking permit. Some parks or wilderness areas require additional permits. If you have questions, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center or a ranger station (limited hours) can help you determine which permits you need.

Some parking areas or trailheads accept onsite payment by cash ($5 - $7), credit card or both, but as each payment system is different, we recommend a pre-purchased permit to avoid the disappointment and frustration of arriving at the trailhead only to discover that the necessary permit cannot be obtained onsite. For more permit information visit: www.eugenecascadescoast.org/plan/passes-permits

Leave No Trace. Be considerate of your environment and other visitors with noise level and trail usage. Walk on designated trails and camp on durable surfaces. Pack-in, pack-out for you and your furry friends. Leave what you find, take only pictures. For more information visit: www.lnt.org.

Use the buddy system. Let friends and family know your travel plans. Travel in small groups.

Wildfire prevention. Use designated campfire rings, know fire restrictions and campfire bans. Keep fires small and put out campfires completely. Be vigilant about extinguishing and disposing cigarettes.

Learn more about planning and preparing for your next trip at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center and online at www.EugeneCascadesCoast.org/outdooradventures!