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100 Hikes/Travel Guide: NW Oregon & SW Washington, 4th Edition (c)2015, 2014. (Next printing with updates will be in April 2016. If you are using the 3rd Edition, you will find many of the hike numbers have been changed; scroll down to find many 3rd Edition updates that are included in the 4th Edition. )
-- #1 Warrior Rock -- Parking permits for Sauvie Island are now $10 per day or $30 per year. To find the viewpoint of St. Helens at the northernmost tip of Sauvie Island, walk north along the beach from the lighthouse only 200 yards to a small concrete artillery platform. Turn inland to the left here on a small service road for 100 yards to a T-shaped road junction. The route back to your car is to the left, but first walk to the right along the old road 0.3 mile to the viewpoint at the tip of Sauvie Island. On your way back to the car, stick to the road, because the cow paths leading inland are overgrown.
-- #4 Maple Trail -- As of April 2014, a bridge has washed out on the Maple Trail just south of the viewpoint on Firelane #4. It is possible to cross the creek here anyway, but the official detour now does an awkward zigzag. From the 4-way intersection near the viewpoint (now labeled as Fireroad #4), you are supposed to go up to the paved Leif Erikson trail, turn left 1/4 mile to the next trail downhill (the Koenig Trail), and then continue on the Maple Trail south to Leif Erikson again. The parks department will probably replace this bridge, and in the meantime, adventurous hikers can probably ignore the detour and cross the creek anyway.
-- #10 Powell Butte -- Some trails have been renamed and relocated following the reservoir construction project that was completed in 2015. As before, start by following the paved Mountain View Trail to the summit. The Orchard Loop Trail is now Summit Lane. Once you are at the "Mountain Finder" viewpoint at Powell Butte's summit, continue on Summit Lane on a loop by keeping right at junctions for 0.8 mile until you reach a large gravel 4-way junction near the start of the loop. Turn right if you are ready to return to your car. For another mile-long loop, however, turn left on the Douglas Fir Trail (previously the Mt. Hood Trail). After half a mile, turn right on the Cedar Grove Trail and keep right for half a mile back to the summit meadow and the route back to your car. Pipeline Lane, the road/trail around the north side of the reservoir site, reopened in late 2015, now that construction of the new reservoir is complete.
-- #13 Champoeg Heritage Area -- The log cabin museum has been moved away from the eroding riverbank to avoid falling into the Willamette. It is now part of a new Newell Pioneer Village, a complex of historic buildings maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution on Champoeg Road 0.1 mile west of the state park entrance. This excellent little museum complex is open Friday-Sunday from March through October. Pay your admission at the log cabin. The required guided tour takes you to the relocated Butteville schoolhouse and jail, and the 1852 Robert Newell house, where exhibits include gowns from Oregon's first ladies and baskets from Oregon tribes.
-- #17 Silver Star Mountain -- Dogs must now be on leash. Also, the final road junction before you reach the trailhead is confusing. After you have driven on Road 1100 for 6.6 miles you will reach what appears to be a fork, but is in fact a 4-way junction. Here turn sharply to the right on Road 4109 for 2.5 rough miles to the trailhead.
-- #19 Siouxon Creek -- The bridge just before Chinook Creek Falls has been replaced, so it is crossable without worry.
-- #20 Coldwater Lake -- The Coldwater Visitor Center, closed for years, has been renamed the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. It is open only in summer, and only for special programs and as a rental space.
-- #23 Ape Cave -- A 0.8-mile, above-ground viewpoint trail from Ape Headquarters has been completed, giving hikers the option of hiking to a viewpoint of Mt. St. Helens, If you've brought kids who need to run, this is a better place to do it, because it isn't possible underground. The new path gains 400 feet of elevation, climbing northwest from the Ape Headquarters parking lot along overgrown logging roads, past an old quarry. The trail ends at a switchback of the paved one-lane Road 8303, so it would be possible for wheelchair users to park here and go just 100 feet on an all-accessible portion of the trail to the viewpoint.
-- #24 Mt. St. Helens Rim -- The permits for climbing Mt. St. Helens are no longer picked up at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar. In winter, from November 1 to March 31, you simply fill out a free, unlimited permit at the Marble Mountain Sno-park. The rest of the year you must buy your permit online at www.mshinstitute.com. It costs $22 and is limited to 100 people a day. Because the year's signups begin February 1 most weekends are likely to be already full.
-- #27 Lava Canyon -- If you plan to shuttle car to the lower trailhead on gravel Road 8322, be warned that it has become so rough that some passenger cars choose to turn back.
-- # 28 Windy Ridge -- The proposed trail to the crater viewpoint above Loowit Falls will probably not be built, both because of a lack of funds and because of concern that the crater area should be reserved for scientific research. In the winter of 2014-15, staff at Mt. St. Helens were still debating whether to build a trail that would climb from the Loowit Trail at Big Spring for 1 mile to a knoll overlooking Loowit Falls and the volcano's crater. Those opposed said the new trail would encourage people to break the law by continuing on into the dangerous crater area or up the east ridge to the summit. If people were to be injured or lost there, rescue would be very difficult. Those favoring the new trail argued that the volcano is calm enough that a new North Climb Route should be opened. It appears that the "no trail" faction has won.
-- #37 Sleeping Beauty -- Disregard the comment "(from Road 5800)" in the information block. The hike has only one trailhead (on Road 040).
-- #41 Beacon Rock -- The switchbacking trail up Beacon Rock itself closed after a November 2015 windstorm felled trees across the route, but it is expected to reopen by July of 2016. Meanwhile, you can now use a credit card to pay for your Discover Pass, but only at the Beacon Rock Trailhead by the rock on Highway 14.
-- #42 Aldrich Butte & Table Mountain -- Bonneville Hot Springs has started charging $5 to park behind their hotel. The trail now starts through a thicket of nettles and blackberries. Still, it's better than the free "Aldrich Mountain Trailhead" a bit further south, off Shelley Lane, which begins so faintly under a powerline that you're unlikely to find it. The log foot bridge at the outlet of Carpenter Lake has collapsed, but it's easy to cross the stream in summer and fall when the water levels are low.
-- #46 Multnomah & Wahkeena Falls -- The Wahkeena Falls Trailhead reopened in March 2015 after construction work, as did the 0.8-mile "Return Trail" between the Multnomah Falls Lodge and Wahkeena Falls.
-- #49 Elowah Falls -- The trail to Elowah Falls is still open, but the trail beyond to Upper McCord Creek Falls was closed by a landslide in March 2016. It should reopen by the fall of 2016, after repair work is completed.
-- #51 Eagle Creek -- The footbridge over Tish Creek, just beyond Punchbowl Falls, has washed out. Until it is replaced, probably in September 2016, the Forest Service recommends that hikers turn back at Punchbowl Falls.
-- #52 Ruckel Creek -- If you are headed up Ruckel Ridge, note that the "Buck Point" sign is missing. After you have hiked up the Gorge Trail 0.2 mile to the fenceline beside the Eagle Creek Campground, simply turn right through the campground to campsite #5 and s to the right, where the Buck Point Trail to Ruckel Ridge begins.
-- #59 Dog Mountain -- Parking has always been tight at this popular trailhead. When police began limiting parking at the trailhead in 2016, people began parking up to half a mile away and walking along the highway to the trailhead, which is not a happy choice. A free shuttle bus runs to the trailhead from the Skamania County Fairgrounds (710 SW Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson, WA) between April 15 and June 15 every half hour between 10am and 4pm. Call 541-296-2266 or check www.gorgetransit.com for details.
-- #60 Coyote Wall -- The trailhead was upgraded and expanded in early 2015. Now when you turn off Highway 14 onto Courtney Road, you turn RIGHT into a large, new paved parking lot with an information kiosk and a restroom.
-- #62 Lyle Cherry Orchard -- The Friends of the Columbia Gorge have begun work on a trail that will connect the plateau trail junction with a new trailhead in the town of Lyle itself.
-- #63 Klickitat Rail Trail -- This trail is still open and public! If you see a sign claiming that a 2014 Supreme Court ruling closed this old railroad right-of-way to the public, ignore it. The Washington attorney general has ruled that the case does not apply here. You may also be talked at by the squatters who illegally built homes here in the 1980s. These people do not own land and do not pay taxes. They have not harmed hikers, but they occasionally harass hikers in the hopes that the squatters can claim the land by default. Ignore them politely. The trail is public.
-- #71 Ramona Falls -- The seasonal footbridge across the Sandy River a mile from the Ramona Falls Trailhead washed out unexpectedly in August, 2014, resulting in a fatality. The bridge was not replaced in 2014, and now the Forest has decided not to replace it at all, for liability reasons. There are unofficial crossing sites in the area on logs, but they differ each year, and all of them are less safe than the Forest Service's seasonal bridge would have been. Cross at your own risk, and then continue on the maintained trail on the far shore.
-- #72 McNeil Point -- The unofficial loop trail around Bald Mountain has now been signed by the Forest Service as the "Cutoff Trail." When you are hiking the Timberline Trail to the right around Bald Mountain's viewpoint meadows, you don't need to count steps or check a GPS. Just watch for the "Cutoff Trail" sign to the left. And certainly don't wait to find a stock gate that blocks horses. That gate has been removed.
-- #80 Umbrella Falls -- The trail sign is fallen that marked the turnoff to Sahalie Falls. When you hike this loop, listen for the sound of the waterfall and look for the concrete bridge down through the trees to the right to find the steep, scrambly side trail down to the historic highway bridge.
-- #83/84 Cooper Spur/Elk Cove -- The Timberline Trail has been closed between these hikes for years because glacial floods reamed out the Eliot Branch creek crossing, but a new crossing is being planned in 2015. It should be built in 2016, allowing the Timberline Trail to reopen in 2017. The new crossing will detour downhill, adding 2.5 miles to the Timberline Trail and additional elevation loss/gain. The Eliot Branch will either be spanned by a temporary footbridge (replaced at the start of each summer) or be crossed by having hikers hop across on rocks. For details, contact Claire Pinter of the Hood River Ranger District.
-- #90 Memaloose Lake -- A wildfire in September 2014 overswept the access road to this hike (Road 45), making the road unstable. The Forest Service has closed Road 45 near the junction with Highway 224 for two years until they can make repairs. They expect it will reopen by the summer of 2017. Until then, the only access to Memaloose Lake is from the west. To find this confusing, arduous alternate route from Estacada, drive 4 miles south on Highway 211, turn left on Hillockburn Road through Dodge. In another 5 miles this route becomes Road 45. Another 15 miles, largely on gravel, brings you to the Memaloose Lake trailhead.
-- #92 Fish Creek Mountain -- When driving up the Clackamas River on Highway 224, the turnoff to the Indian Henry Campground is just before the fourth green bridge, not the third. Also, in August 2014, a dozen trees were down across the upper part of the trail, and three large trees were down across the side trail to High Lake.
-- #95 Bagby Hot Springs -- In the off-season from about November to April, and whenever a uniformed employee is not at the trailhead, the private concessionaire has self-pay envelopes at the trailhead (instead of wristbands) where you can pay the $5-per-person fee to use the hot springs. Parking is always free for hikers who do not intend to soak.
-- #100 Jefferson Park Ridge -- The detour to Pyramid Butte has become much less fun since a 2010 fire burned the forest there. The section of the old Skyline Trail to Pyramid Butte is findable but unmaintained, blocked by downed logs. The same fire destroyed the footbridge 0.6 mile from the Breitenbush Trailhead that used to mark the fork for the Skyline Trail loop. Fortunately the PCT is still quite nice in this area, so follow it straight up to Park Ridge.
Backpacking campsite reservations for the 30 posted legal lakeside campsites in Jeff Park may be available online at www.recreation.gov for $9 (not per night, but rather per site), starting in 2016. Sites that are more than 250 feet from a lakeshore would not be affected by the reservation system or by any limit.
-- #155 Rainy Lake -- The driving directions are fine until the end. Instead of ending "continue on gravel Road 2820 for 1.5 miles," you need to "continue on gravel Road 2820 for 11 miles to a fork. Veer right for 0.2 mile to reach Rainy Lake. If you veer left to stay on Road 2820 for a mile you will be at Black Lake."
-- #157 Hood River Mountain -- The SDS Lumber Company which owns the trail system here replaced the popular 0.9-mile trail from the Pass to the Summit with an active logging road in April 2015. Bulldozers flattened the mountain's summit viewpoint for use as a log-yarding deck. This is private land, so this is their right. The new logging road is closed to the public during the operation, but is likely to reopen for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians within a year. The summit and road itself will recover somewhat with time. Meanwhile, the trails along the ridge south of the summit are still intact and open to the public, so you can start your tour at the gated road to the radio tower instead.
-- #170 Timberline Trail -- The Eliot Branch crossing may reopen in 2017 with a 2.5-mile detour. See Hike #83/84 above.
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-- #195 Whetstone Mountain -- Road 7030 is overgrown and washed-out, so take a different route to the trailhead. From the Bagby Hot Springs trailhead, continue west on paved Road 70 for a mile, turn left on gravel Road 7020 for 7 miles, and turn left on the short spur Road 028 to the Whetstone Mountain Trailhead.
-- #205 Fish and Si Lakes -- The final 0.7 mile of Road 120 to the lower easy trailhead has been blocked by a ditch and a berm, although high clearance vehicles can drive around it.
(Most hike numbers have changed in the new 4th Edition. All of these updates are included in the 4th Edition.)
-- #2 Oak Island -- Permits are now $7 per day or $22 per year.
-- #6 Washington Park -- This area will now charge for parking, $6.40 in summer and $4 in the off-season.
-- #7 Aerial Tram -- The Portland Parks Dept. has signed the "4T Trail" using a slightly different route than is suggested in the book. As you approach Council Crest, the signs direct you to continue straight up the wide paved path to the summit, rather than taking the smaller Marquam Trail to the left. Beyond Council Crest, signs point you downhill 1.7 miles to Marquam Shelter. From there, go up a wide gravel trail to the right 200 feet and turn left on the smaller Connor Trail up to Gibbs Street near the hospital.
-- #10 Powell Butte -- Construction of the underground reservoir continues to cause periodic closures. The main access road at 162nd is gated closed through December 2012. See http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/404281 for details.
-- #17 Silver Star Mountain -- For a slightly shorter, less rough driving route to the trailhead, drive just 2 miles on Sunset Falls Round, turn right on NE 312th/Dole Valley Road for 2.4 miles, and turn left on Road 1100 for 6.6 miles to a confusing 4-way junction. Here turn sharply to the right on Road 4109 for 2.5 rough miles to the trailhead.
-- #21 Mount Mitchell -- The
access road was closed by a locked gate in June 2011, blocking all easy access
to this hike! The private timber company that owns the trailhead complained of
vandalism. In the April 2012 printing of this book, the Mt. Mitchell hike has been replaced with a hike to Moulton Falls and Bells Mountain.
-- #22 Sheep Canyon -- Expect
the unexpected on this very beautiful hike. Because of a flood, the trail now extends almost 0.2 mile from the parking area before you reach the first trail junction. Then go left to the creek crossing. Beyond the bridge at Sheep Canyon
the trail is poorly maintained and brushy.
-- #28 Windy Ridge -- Planning is in progress for a difficult new trail from Windy Pass up to the Sugarbowl, a knoll with a view into the crater of Mt. St. Helens. The new trail would not be designed as a climbing route to the summit. There is no clear timeline for completion, but environmental assessments are likely to take place in the summer or fall of 2012.
-- #29 Spirit Lake -- The Independence Pass Trail is closed from the Crater Viewpoint area to Norway Pass. Slides and washouts were found on this route in the fall of 2011, and although the Forest Service had not inspected the trail as of July, 2012, they have signed it as closed as a safety measure. Trail crews may reopen the route, but slides in this area will continue to make the trail treacherous for years. Hikers should focus instead on the Harmony Falls Trail, or take the trail from the Norway Pass Trailhead on Road 26 to Norway Pass.
-- #37 Cape Horn --
Reconstruction of this trail has brought changes. A new stone-walled circular viewpoint, honoring
Nancy Russell, is at the summit of the cape, where a house has been demolished. Two pedestrian underpass tunnels are now open beneath Highway 14 -- one at the trailhead beside Salmon Falls Road, and one where the trail crosses Highway 14 above the falls on Cape Horn. The entire trail is clearer and better graded. Equestrian bypass routes are under construction for trail sections near cliffs.
-- #38 Beacon Rock--
Washington's budget woes have changed the $5 parking fee here to $10.
-- #42 Angels Rest -- Dogs
are now allowed on this trail only if they are on a leash that is no longer than six feet. The sign for Foxglove Way now says "Devils
-- #51 Wahtum Lake -- The
Mount Hood National Forest has turned over the trailhead and campground here to a private concessionaire, but they honor the usual
Northwest Forest Pass for the parked cars of hikers and backpackers.
-- #53 Mitchell Point -- The Mitchell Point Trail is fine, but the Wygant Trail has been obliterated by blowdown, slides, and poison oak. All bridges are out. It is no longer feasible to hike even to the lowest viewpoint on Wygant Peak.
-- #57 Weldon Wagon Road -- local landowners have put up "private" signs alongside the trail, near the top. Don't worry -- the trail is public, and the signs are referring to private property to the side. Incidentally, the Hood River bridge increased its toll to $1 in early 2012.
-- #58 Coyote Wall -- The longest loop option is now closed. When you walk 100 yards from the trailhead on an old road to the cattle chute you will find a sign on the trail that goes up the valley to the west of Coyote Wall's cliff: "Trail Closed To Protect Private Property." So simply continue on the old road and hike the trail atop Coyote Wall's cliff to the meadows. A proliferation of trails by mountain bikers in these meadows has made the route a little confusing in places. The Hood River bridge increased its toll to $1 in early 2012.
-- #59 Catherine Creek -- wood rail fences protect the top and bottom of the arch from people venturing too close. From the top of the arch, an easy cross-country route down to Highway 14 has become a good path, and this provides a nice return option to your car for a loop hike. The Hood River bridge increased its toll to $1 in early 2012.
-- #60 Klickitat Rail Trail -- The Hood River bridge increased its toll to $1 in early 2012.
-- #61 Wildcat Mountain -- The final 0.3 mile of the road to the quarry trailhead have been completely closed, replaced with a turnaround. There is currently no obvious trail access in this area, either marked or visible. If you intend to try to reach the trail anyway, watch your odometer as you drive! Most signs have been
vandalized and the trailhead is littered with beer cans and bullet shells.100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades, 4th Edition (c)2016, 2015, 2014. (Next reprint with updates: April 2017).
-- #66 Hunchback Mountain -- The sign for "Viewpoint Helispot 260" is missing, and the view there has been largely overgrown by trees.
-- #67 Devils Peak Lookout -- The Cool Creek Trailhead on Still Creek Road 12 is still open, but the access route has changed several times in recent years. The detour route via Road 20 (described in the 2011 printing of the book) is now closed due to an unsafe bridge. Fortunately, the landslide on the Still Creek Road has been repaired, so the easy, paved route to the trail is once again open. To find it, drive Highway 26 east of the Zigzag Ranger Station 1.3 miles. Between mileposts 43 and 44, turn right (south) on paved Still Creek Road. After 0.3 mile, where the road forks at a "No Outlet" sign, veer right to stay on one-lane Still Creek Road 12. After another 3 paved miles the road turns to gravel. Now continue slowly 0.4 mile, watching the odometer. Just beyond a parking pullout on the left, look sharp for a "Cool Creek Trailhead" sign in the woods to the right of the road (GPS location N 45 17.840' W 121 53.060').
-- #69 Ramona Falls -- A Northwest Forest Pass (or other recreation pass) is required at this trailhead, but you can't pay for it there. If you need a pass, buy it at the Zigzag Ranger Station where you turn off Highway 26. Also, the seasonal bridge across the Sandy River has been set up half a mile farther downstream this year, and is 1 mile from the trailhead.
-- #71 Cairn Basin -- Vista Ridge was hit by the Dollar Lake fire in 2011, so there are patches of black snags along the ridge, but the trail is in good shape, views are better, and the area at timberline is unchanged. Also note that a previously abandoned 4-mile section of the Vista Ridge Trail from the trailhead north along the ridge (away from Mt. Hood!) to a viewpoint at Owl Point has been reopened by volunteers, and makes a nice hike with only 500 feet of elevation change.
-- #74 East Zigzag Mountain -- The access road to this trailhead is so rough that most drivers will not want to attempt it. Before the trailhead 1.2 miles the road climbs bedrock steps that only the toughest high-clearance vehicles can master, but there is ample parking at a large hairpin curve here, so you might park here and walk the final 1.2 miles to the trailhead.
-- #75 Laurel Hill -- When hiking the short switchbacking trail to the top of Laurel Hill's historic wagon chute, you'll notice a spur trail marked "Original Wagon Route". This path climbs 0.1 mile to an abandoned section of the paved 1925 Mt. Hood Highway. If you turn right on this old road you can follow it on a 0.4-mile loop back to the bottom of the wagon chute. Also, if you choose to cross Highway 26 for the hike to Little Zigzag Falls, use extreme caution and wait until no traffic is audible on this busy highway. The small wooden sign marking the trail that leads into the woods is broken, so it now reads, "Route of . . . Road" instead of "Route of the Barlow Road".
-- #81 Tamanawas Falls -- A Northwest Forest Pass or other recreation pass is required for your car at this popular trailhead, but you can't buy one here. Instead buy one at the Hood River or Zigzag ranger stations on your drive to the trailhead.
== #83 Elk Cove -- The washout on the Eliot Branch has closed the Timberline Trail northwest of Cloud Cap indefinitely. The alternate route to Elk Cove, the Elk Cove Trail from Road 2840, begins on a closed roadbed for 1.1 mile, and then enters a 2011 wildfire zone for the next 3 miles, so expect a lot of ash and snags. Elk Cove itself was largely untouched by the fire.
-- #84 Pinnacle Ridge -- The final 0.7 mile of the access road to the trailhead has been closed and decommissioned, so the trail is now 0.7 mile longer. The new trailhead is where the junction of Roads 2840 and 640 used to be. This is now the end of Road 2840, marked by large boulders. The first 3.5 mile of the trail traverses woods that were 95% burned by the 2011 Dollar Lake wildfire, so expect lots of ash until you reach the spring and bog (where the trail is briefly rough and mucky). Ironically, Dollar Lake itself was not hit by the fire, and most of the Timberline Trail remains green.
-- #91 -- Clackamas River Trail. In the winter of 2014 this trail was closed about 1.8 miles from the western (Fish Creek) trailhead. It is expected to reopen by summer 2014.
-- #94 Bagby Hot Springs -- The concessionaire that now operates this area requires visitors over the age of 12 to buy a $5-per-person-per-day wristband at the trailhead to use the hot springs. There is no charge to park or to hike the trail. The campground beside the trailhead has been improved and now costs $16 per site.
-- #96 Dickey Creek -- The trail is now 0.6 mile longer, because the trailhead has been moved back to the last junction on Road 140. You now start out hiking on a decommissioned roadbed for the first 0.6 mile.
-- #192 Old Baldy and Squaw Mtn -- Squaw Mountain has been renamed Tumala Mountain, so the Squaw Mountain Road is now Tumala Mountain Road.
-- #203 Butte Creek Falls -- The Santiam State Forest has allowed logging in this area, and has gated closed the access road and trail at Butte Creek Falls until May 23, 2014. A county sheriff has been checking people here, so wait until the closure is lifted.
CAMPGROUNDS -- Most Forest Service campgrounds on the Mt. Hood National Forest are now operated by Northwest Land Management, a concessionaire that has raised campground fees about $5. Instead of paying your fee in an envelope near the campground entrance, you now pay when a uniformed employee visits your campsite to collect. Timothy Lake campgrounds, run by PGE, are not part of this program. Breitenbush Lake Campground, owned by the Warm Springs tribe, is free but does not allow alcohol, swimming, unleashed dogs, or firewood gathering.
CABINS -- The Peterson Prairie Guard Station, between the Indian Heaven Wilderness and Trout Lake, burned in September 2012 because of a chimney fire, so it is not available for rent.
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Sisters -- "Bronco Billy's Ranch Grill & Saloon" has fortunately been renamed the "Sisters Saloon & Ranch Grill," which is much closer to the original 1912 name, the Sisters Hotel.
Hot Springs -- Terwilliger Hot Springs has raised its fee from $5 to $6.
-- #1 Ankeny Wildlife Refuge -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds. The Salem chapter of the Audubon Society is planning to build a nature center and educational building on Ankeny Hill Road, a mile or so north of the refuge trailheads, perhaps in 2017.
== #2 Silver Falls -- If you're driving to Silver Falls from the south, take I-5 exit #253 and drive 5 miles (not 10 miles) east on North Santiam Highway 22 to a sign for Silver Falls Park. Then turn left on Highway 214 to the park.
-- #6 Opal Creek -- The "Planned Trail" for 0.6 mile along the north side of Opal Creek upstream from Jawbone Flats was completed in 2014. The Forest Service now encourages hikers to cross the river at the bridge just beyond Sawmill Falls, hike 1.4 miles to Opal Pool, cross Opal Creek, and hike up the creek on the far shore. The old trail upstream from Opal Pool along the southwest shore has been abandoned, and hikers are discouraged to use it.
-- #7 Dome Rock and Tumble Lake -- If you are driving to the upper trailhead on Road 2223, note that the trailhead sign is gone, and now the POST is gone as well, but if are watching, the trail itself is clear enough on the left.
-- #13 Browder Ridge -- The sign for the "Heart Lake Trail" near the summit may be missing, but the trail junction is clear enough.
-- #16 House Rock -- The washed-out bridge from House Rock Campground across the South Santiam River was finally replaced in June 2014, so if you like, you can now start your hike at the campground. From there, the loop to the falls and the House Rock cave is only 0.8 mile.
-- #17 (now #115) Rooster Rock -- Trees have grown up to block most views from the old lookout site, and no boards remain from the cabin itself.
-- #21 Jefferson Park -- Dogs are banned at Scout Lake, but not elsewhere in the area.
Backpacking campsite reservations for the 30 posted legal lakeside campsites in Jeff Park may be available online at www.recreation.gov for $9 (not per night, but rather per site), starting in 2016. Sites that are more than 250 feet from a lakeshore would not be affected by the reservation system or by any limit.
-- #24 Marion Lake -- The trail to Marion Lake is fine, but if you're going to Marion Mountain, expect some blowdown and missing signs. The signs at trail junctions are on trees that have fallen down, and a dozen or more blowdown trees have not yet been cleared on the route, as of July 2013. On the other hand, the Pine Lakes Trail from Camp Pioneer to Marion Lake may have the richest huckleberry harvest anywhere in the Cascades.
-- #26 Three Fingered Jack -- The difficult 11.7-mile loop via Martin Lake has become much more difficult because of the B&B wildfire, and is no longer recommended for hikers. It is still feasible to bushwhack down from the PCT 0.4 mile to Martin Lake, but the "clear trail" at the far east end of the lake has not been maintained. Fallen burned logs make the 0.5-mile route from Martin Lake to the Booth Lake trail arduous and confusing -- suitable only for adventurers.
-- Patjens Lakes -- Nearly all of this trail was overswept by a 2011 wildfire, so it has been relegated to the "More Hikes" section at the back of the book until the woods look greener. The area around the lakes themselves was spared by the fire.
-- #30 Whychus Creek & Canyon -- The "Private" sign on Goodrich Road has been removed. This sign once incorrectly suggested that the public road access to the Deschutes Land Trust's Whychus Canyon Preserve was private. Be aware, however, that private land borders the road on either side, so use this road only to access the approved parking area. Additional trailhead access to the area is planned.
-- #34 Smith Rock -- A new trail section now makes it easier to hike a grand 6.9-mile loop around the perimeter of the park, getting the area's best views along the way. From the trailhead, hike 0.4 mile down to the Crooked River, cross the bridge, and turn upstream to the right 1.1 mile up to the Canal. Turn left on the Burma Road 0.7 mile to a pass. Following a pointer for the Summit Trail, take a newly rebuilt path down the ridgecrest 2 miles to the Crooked River at the balancing rocks, and continue upriver 0.3 mile to the trail junction by a house-sized rock below Monkey Face. Then keep right along the river trail 2.1 miles back to the bridge.
-- #35 Shevlin Park -- The road to Fremont Meadow is gated closed from about August to March, so most of the year you will have to park at the park's entrance and hike the longer 4.7-mile loop.
-- #45 Obsidian Trail -- The trails along Glacier Creek at Sunshine meadow were closed in 2014, and new trails have been built avoiding the fragile meadow area. The route of the PCT in this area remains unchanged. If you are hiking the counterclockwise loop to Sunshine described in the book, follow the PCT north from Obsidian Falls 1.4 miles to Sunshine's meadow (where there now is no junction at all). Then turn around, backtrack 0.1 mile south on the PCT, and turn right on a new section of trail that leads down Glacier Creek's valley 0.7 mile to the White Branch meadow and the return route to your car. If you are climbing Middle Sister, do not bushwhack up Glacier Creek on the old, closed trail from Sunshine. Instead take the PCT south 0.4 mile to the top of the plateau, where an obvious climbers' trail heads east toward Middle Sister.
-- #53 Park Meadow -- Near Park Meadow the trail traverses woods burned by a 2012 wildfire.
-- #64 Sahalie and Koosah Falls -- The single-log footbridge pictured in the book will be replaced with a glue-lam bridge in September 2015. The bridge is 0.4 mile above Sahalie Falls and 0.3 mile below the Highway 126 crossing. The Forest Service plans to manage the bridge replacement process so hikers will be inconvenienced only for a few weeks.
-- #67 Horsepasture Mountain -- This trailhead became more difficult to access in June 2013 when a landslide closed Road 1993 on a steep slope part of the way between Horse Creek Road 2638 and the trailhead. The Forest Service has signed an alternate route to the trailhead, but it's 11 miles longer, mostly on gravel. To find it from Highway 126 at McKenzie Bridge, follow Horse Creek Road 2638 for 8.6 miles (including 9 miles of gravel). At a pointer marked "Horse Pasture Trailhead 11", turn right on gravel Road 356 for 5.2 miles uphill to a T-shaped junction. Then turn right on Road 1993 for 7.6 mostly paved miles to the Horsepasture Trailhead on the left.
-- #71 Castle Rock -- The charming oak sign pictured in the book has been replaced with a nearly identical sign made of ugly plastic, in keeping with Forest Service rules for signs that are not in designated Wilderness.
-- #74 Spencer Butte -- The trail at the summit of this peak is being upgraded in the summer 2015 so hikers no longer have to scramble, use their hands, or wonder about route-finding.
-- #78 Mount June -- The driving route from Eugene described in the book is unchanged, but a less-traveled access route from Cottage Grove temporarily closed in January 2016 when storms washed out Road 1751 at the 5-mile mark. Driving access from Cottage Grove was rerouted west onto neighboring Road 1721 until the washout could be repaired, probably by summer 2016.
-- #80 Patterson Mountain -- The Patterson Mountain trailhead is now marked, but with a large sign that reads "Lawler Trail Trailhead." This is the correct trailhead. The hike to Patterson Mountain follows the Lawler Trail for 0.7 mile. Then the Lawler Trail forks to the right. Keep left on the trail that passes Lone Wolf Shelter en route to Patterson Mountain.
-- #82 Chuckle Springs -- The 2010 fire in this area has left some side trails so full of deadfall that they are unusable, although the main Middle Fork Trail is fine. After hiking 1.1 mile toward Chuckle Springs, turn left at a "Middle Fork Trail" sign and keep left for 0.3 mile to the springs. Return as you came, because the loop path is overgrown. If you try to add the optional 0.4-mile hike downstream along the Middle Fork Trail to Cliff Springs, be warned that the footbridge over Indigo Creek collapsed in 2014, and the crossing can be treacherous.
-- #89 Lillian Falls -- The access road for Lillian Falls (Road 2421) was blocked with a mud-and-rock slide one mile before the Black Creek Trailhead in March 2015. Two new culverts are needed. Fortunately, the extra mile of hiking is not unpleasant on this shady forest lane in the deep woods. But you should also note that the final 8.2 miles of gravel Road 2421 are now so rough and potholed that it is a slow drive, not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. Brush crowds the road, so this is not a trip for shiny new cars.
-- #96 Fawn Lake -- The trail to Pretty Lake is still a bit faint in places, but it has been maintained, and the junction with the Fawn Lake Trail is signed.
-- #105 French Creek Ridge -- This trail has become brushy and unmaintained, suitable only for adventurers.
-- #107 Gold Butte Lookout -- A small correction to the driving directions: "From Hwy 22 in Detroit, take Breitenbush Rd 46 for 4.4 mi, fork left on Rd 4696 for 0.7 mi, fork left again on Rd 4697 for 4.7 mi to a saddle, turn right on Rd 451 for 0.1 mi, and park at a junction."
-- #117 Falls Creek. When you turn off Highway 20 at milepost 46, the road you will be traveling is Road 2032, not 2031. Drive Road 2032 for 5 miles to reach the trailhead.
-- #122 Jeff Park via South Breitenbush -- This is the longest route to Jeff Park, so it is the quietest. In 2016 the Forest Service plans to rebuild and reroute 4 miles of this 6.2-mile trail. The resulting trail should be much easier and even more scenic.
-- #124b Bingham Ridge -- OK, this old route into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on a ridge between Pamelia Lake and Marion Lake was so rough and faint that I didn't even include it in the book. But in 2014 the Forest Service rebuilt it, adding a switchback at the start the eliminates a steep scramble route and adds a mile in length. The resulting trail is much friendlier and more scenic. although it still leads to a lakeless edge of the Wilderness.
-- #124c Swallow Lake Trail -- Here's another semi-abandoned backwoods route in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness that the Forest Service is planning to reopen and upgrade in 2016. The route climbs from the old Oregon Skyline Trail west of Marion Lake to the Pacific Crest Trail at South Cinder Peak, making possible several nice loop options for backpackers.
-- #131 Patjens Lakes -- The driving directions say to keep left when in doubt, but it's better to keep to the paved road until you find the trailhead sign.
-- #133 Round and Square Lakes -- The driving directions are OK until the end. When you turn left on Road 1210, follow this gravel road for 5.7 miles and then turn right for 0.5 mile to find the poorly marked trailhead.
-- #145 Chush Falls -- A wildfire in September 2012 burned through this area. Because the canyon itself is protected by cliffs and a damp microclimate, many trees near the waterfalls survived. The new trailhead for this hike is one mile along Road 600, where boulders and logs have been placed to barricade the road. From there you hike 1.5 miles to the old trailhead, and continue on the old trail 1 mile to Chush Falls.
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-- #171 Hardesty Mountain, upper trailhead -- A washout on Road 550 limits access to high-clearance vehicles. And note that the summit of this mountain is overgrown, so there are no views.
-- #172 Gold Point -- This delightful trail was maintained in December 2013. The hike is 0.3 mile longer than listed because the access road has been barricaded. To drive there from the Fall Creek Trailhead (Hike #74), drive 5.8 miles upriver, turn right on Rd 1825 for 2.7 miles, then fork left on Road 1835 for half a mile. Park and walk left past a barricade up (unmarked) Road 220 for 0.3 mile to the trail.
-- #176 Deception Butte upper trailhead -- This upper part of the trail closed after the Deception Fire of 2014, which left the danger of landslides and falling snags. The upper trail remained closed in 2015, and may stay closed for several years.
-- #2 Silver Falls -- The little loop trail that goes behind South Falls closed temporarily due to soil erosion in early 2013, but should be open again by June.
-- #3 Shellburg Falls -- The campground here has 7 sites instead of 4.
-- #4 Little North Santiam -- High water and two missing footbridges made this trail difficult in March 2013, but it should be OK by summer.
-- #8 Battle Ax and Twin Lakes -- The side trail from Upper Twin Lake down to Lower Twin Lake is unmaintained and hard to follow because of deadfall from a wildfire, but Upper Twin is still accessible and pretty.
-- #21 South Breitenbush Gorge -- The first 1.2 miles of the route described from the old guard station site is not maintained by the Forest Service, but rather by local volunteers. The North Fork Breitenbush River washed out the railed logs that served as bridges for the trail in the winter of 2011-12. They will not be replaced until water levels are lower, probably in the early summer of 2012.
-- #23 Pamelia Lake -- The required permits for this trail are now available only through an online system at www.recreation.gov. Permits for any day in the entire summer season can be purchased for $6 beginning at 7am Pacific Time on May 1.
-- #30 Black Butte -- The final 1.1 mile of the road to the Upper Trailhead has been somewhat improved and restrooms have been installed, but parking is still tight at the Upper Trailhead.
-- #37 Dillon and Benham Falls -- Dogs must be on leash from May 15 to September 15. To find the trailhead at the Meadow Day Use Area from the Bend Parkway (Hwy 97), take Colorado Avenue exit 138, follow Colorado through several traffic circles west 1.7 miles, turn left at a Century Drive traffic circle toward Mt. Bachelor for 3.5 miles, and turn left at a "Meadow Picnic Area" sign on gravel Road 100 for 1.3 miles to its end.
#38 Lava River Cave – The
2012 Cave visitation schedule begins on Memorial Day weekend. May 31- June 30
the Cave is open Thursday – Monday. July 1 – Labor Day the Cave is open daily.
After Labor Day the Cave goes back to a Thursday – Monday schedule. Cave
visitation hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please note the Cave gate closes at
4:00pm so last cave entry needs to occur before 4:00pm.
A Northwest Forest Pass or similar parking pass is required. Drive 2 miles south
of the Lava Lands Visitor Center to Highway 97 Exit 151/Cottonwood Road, and
then keep left for 0.8 mile to a new entrance to the Lava River Cave parking
lot. The lantern rentals now cost $5, and kerosene lanterns are not allowed.
note that the end of the Cave, beginning at the crawl space is permanently
closed and not accessible. Check the Deschutes National Forest website for more
information regarding Lava River Cave.
-- #42 Obsidian Trail -- THE REQUIRED PERMITS FOR THIS TRAIL ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLY ONLINE AT www.recreation.gov, and can no longer be picked up at the McKenzie River Ranger Station. The online system has a $6 fee. Each summer the reservation system opens at 7am Pacific Time on May 1, so plan to book your reservation early if you want a permit for one of the popular summer weekends. Weekday reservations are less problematic.
-- #49 Chambers Lakes -- A wildfire in September 2012 burned the trailhead and the first 3 miles of the hike to Camp Lake and Demaris Lake.
-- #55 Green Lakes -- The leash rule for dogs has been reduced. Dogs now must be on leash from July 15 to September 15.
-- #56 South Sister -- At the start of the trail, the footbridge over Tyee Creek has been replaced with iffy stepping stones. By about 2016, the start will be rerouted so hikers do not have to dash across the highway. Instead they will go through the pedestrian culvert (as for #57 Sisters Mirror Lake) to a new connector trail that leads to the familiar climbing path.
-- #69 French Pete Creek -- The log jam that had been used as a bridge at the first creek crossing washed out in the winter of 2011-12. Trail crews began work on the trail in this area in April 2012, hoping to make the crossing passable for horses. Hikers may have to use a fallen log across the creek 0.2 mile downstream.
-- NEW -- Whychus Canyon Preserve. The Deschutes Land Trust bought 450 acres along Whychus Creek northeast of Sisters in 2010. All but 0.7 mile of the planned 5-mile trail network through the scenic canyon is complete as of January 2014, and the rest should be ready in summer. No bikes or horses. Dogs are allowed on leash only. From Sisters, drive Hwy 126 east toward Redmond 4.4 miles. Half a mile beyond milepost 97, turn left on paved Goodrich Road. When the paved road turns sharply right after 1.5 miles, go straight on an oiled gravel road (which is still Goodrich Road) for another 1.6 miles, ignoring "Dead End" signs, to a railed gravel parking area on the right. Maps at the trailhead kiosk and at most trail junctions make it easy to choose your own loop down into the canyon, along the creek, and up past viewpoints.
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-- NEW -- Whychus Creek Trail. South of Sisters, this new 3-mile creekside trail visits caves, viewpoints, and a logjam waterfall. No bikes or horses, but dogs are OK. From downtown Sisters turn south on Elm Street (which becomes Forest Road 16) for a total of 4.2 miles. At a brown hiker-symbol sign, pull into a gravel parking lot on the right. Walk past a locked green gate and veer right onto the trail. After 100 yards you reach the creek at the abandoned Maxwell irrigation ditch. The path heads upstream 0.4 mile to the shallow cave overhangs by the river (camping banned). The trail crosses a mesa and descends to Logjam Falls at the 2-mile mark, a good turnaround point, although the trail does continue a mile to a junction with the Metolius-Windigo horse trail and a trailhead at the end of Road 880 (off Road 1514).
-- #10 Tillamook Head -- Hikers have beaten out a detour path above a landslide that hit the trail 1.5 miles south of Seaside in early 2016. Meanwhile, the viewing platform at the Ecola picnic area was destroyed by a landslide in November 2015. Park staff expect to build a new platform nearby soon.
-- #31 Whalen Island -- Just a mile southwest of Whalen Island, the new 357-acre Sitka Sedge State Natural Area was purchased by the state in 2014. Once threatened by development as a private golf course, the property includes a mile of ocean beach, dunes, coastal forest, the south sand spit at the mouth of Sand Lake, and a large estuary crossed by a dike. Drive the paved Sand Lake Road (aka Three Capes Loop) south of Whalen Island 1 mile or north of Pacific City 4 miles. A parking area and official trailhead is expected to open in 2017 or 2018, but 4.5 miles of trails are already hikable.
-- #55 Yachats & Amanda Trail -- A flood in early 2016 washed out the footbridge beside the Amanda statue, and swept away the concrete statue itself. The private landowners who donated this right-of-way for the Oregon Coast Trail are seeing to it that a permanent crossing of some kind is reestablished and that a replacement statue of Amanda will be in place by National Trails Day, on June 4, 2016.
-- #97 Damnation Creek -- The big footbridge just before the beach at the end of this hike has rotted so much that it has been closed. In early 2016 a sign was posted where the Damnation Creek Trail crosses the Coastal Trail warning that the lower part of this trail is closed. That is not quite true; the trail itself is fine, and it's not hard to scramble across the creek with the missing bridge to reach the beach.
-- Tillamook -- A new state park is being developed at Sand Lake southwest of Tillamook. The Oregon State Parks purchased land for the future Sitka Sedge State Natural Area for $1.8 million in 2014. In the late 1990s the site had been proposed for an exclusive golf course and resort, Sand Lake Golf Links, but that project had been opposed by neighbors for years.
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-- #3 North Head -- The Westwind Trail from Beards Hollow to North Head has been abandoned, in part because the big trees there provide habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, a sea bird. Signs have been removed, and the route is unmaintained, but adventurers are still allowed to hike the route. A paved bike path now parallels the highway, connecting the Beards Hollow Road entrance with the North Head Lighthouse Road entrance.
-- #15 Banks-Vernonia Railroad -- The entire 20-mile trail from Banks to Vernonia is now paved.
-- Tilliamook -- The Tillamook Air Museum remains open, but the private WW II aircraft have been moved to a museum in Madras because the dry climate there will preserve them better.
-- #21 Cape Meares -- A large, slow, ongoing landslide has closed the Three Capes Loop Road between the Cape Meares lighthouse road and the village of Cape Meares, perhaps indefinitely. To visit the Cape Meares lighthouse, you must now drive southwest from Tillamook to Oceanside, and then continue north to road's end at the lighthouse junction. If you are hiking the Oregon Coast Trail from the village of Cape Meares to the lighthouse area, be aware that the 5th Street trailhead in the town of Cape Meares is closed, and the landslide has left a jumble of trees and brush across the trail ahead. With boots and some scrambling skills it is possible to get through, but it is not recommended. Instead, hike the low-tide route. This is still open because it skirts the south side of the slide.
Spruce is now the largest known Sitka spruce in Oregon, so a new parking area
and sign have been put at the entrance to the Cape Meares lighthouse road. A sign says the tree is 144 feet tall and between 750 and 800 years old.
-- #23 Kings Mountain -- The Kings Mountain Trailhead is at elevation 700 feet, not 450 feet, so the hike's total elevation gain is 250 less than indicated in the info block.
-- #27 Pacific City -- The return loop along Nestucca Bay is now so faint that it is for explorers only. It is still more interesting than following the horse trail through the middle of the peninsula, but expect some exploration if you try the route along Nestucca Bay.
-- #33 Baskett Slough -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds.
-- #34 Valley of the Giants -- The driving route from Falls City to the trailhead includes two gates that are closed and locked at 5pm, so don't stay late! During fire season in late summer, the gates can be locked all day.
-- #36 Drift Creek Falls -- A rockslide has made the waterfall itself less spectacular. When you set out from the trailhead, be sure to keep right at all junctions for the first mile.
-- #45 Marys Peak -- The entire summit area is closed October-December 2015 due to logging of invasive trees in summit meadows.
-- #47 Peavy Arboretum -- Running and jogging are no longer banned on arboretum trails.
-- #48 Finley Wildlife Refuge -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds.
-- #49 Alsea Falls -- If you're coming from the north via the town of Alsea, the turnoff is now marked as the "Alsea-Deadwood Highway", and the route to the falls is entirely paved.
-- #50 Yachats & Amanda Trail -- A 1.1-mile loop opened in June 2013, providing a scenic detour near Smelt Sands Wayside on the opposite side of Highway 101. The new path is named the Ya'Xaik Trail (say YA-hike), using the Alsea tribal name for Yachats. Opposite the Fireside Motel, turn east on Diversity Drive, and park at the street's end. The trail climbs a wooded hill into the Siuslaw National Forest and then descends north to connect with a public path in the private Gerdemann Botanic Preserve (no dogs allowed), along a creek with shore pines and rhododendrons, to a collection of art galleries at Highway 101, north of the Diversity Drive trailhead 0.2 mile.
-- #56 Cape Mountain -- The drive to the Dry Lake Trailhead is 1 mile farther than described. From Highway 101, drive 1.1 miles on pavement and an additional 1.7 mile of one-lane gravel to the trailhead.
-- #57 Pawn & Pioneer Trails -- The Pawn Old Growth Trail is signed as closed due to a slide and a bridge washout, but the landslide is easy to cross and it's not hard to hop the bridgeless creek along the route. The Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trail may be somewhat overgrown with salmonberry brush, but it is hikable if you wear long pants.
-- #60 Kentucky Falls -- The upper part of this trail is fine. If you start at the lower trailhead on Road 23, however, note that the footbridge at the 1.5-mile mark is gone. You can cross the river OK in summer and fall, but it's tricky in the high water of winter. The next 1.5 miles of trail is so overgrown that it's almost unfindable. The 3-mile bridge is fine, although the trail is so overgrown that the bridge can be hard to access. The trail becomes easier to follow and less brushy upstream from there.
-- #67 Tahkenitch Dunes -- Dogs must be on leash on the beach and kite-flying is banned to protect nesting birds.
-- #70 Golden and Silver Falls -- The access road for this hike has been closed at a wide spot 1.5 miles before the trailhead. It is possible to drive around the concrete barricades there and drive another half mile, but then you really have to park, and turnaround space is tight. The old road really was dangerous to drive because cliffs narrowed it to one lane. As a result of the closure the hike is still very pleasant, but 2-3 miles longer.
-- #75 Bandon Islands -- A new blufftop trail from Coquille Point to Bandon's Old Town makes it possible to hike the suggested loops without walking so much along city streets. If you're hiking the longest loop to the Devils Kitchen, note that the creek there has changed course, so you don't have to cross it at all.
-- #76 New River -- The gate
at the Learning Center has been moved 0.3 mile closer to the river, so it is
now possible to drive year-round to within 0.2 mile of the New River boat ramp.
-- #81 Sisters Rocks -- The State Parks bulldozed a new parking lot in October 2015, so this previously unmarked trailhead on Highway 101 will be easier to find.
-- #86 Lower Rogue River -- This trail downriver from Agness was being maintained by the Northwest Youth Corps in July 2015, and is expected to reopen when they are done, although washouts and slippery tread may remain, so hikers would need to use caution.
-- #92 Vulcan Lake -- When you turn right on Road 1909 for 13.4 miles, the book says to "keep right when in doubt", but some people have found a confusing fork along the way, where both routes seem equally unused. If you turn right on the incorrect route by mistake, however, it will quickly become obvious that you are on a dead-end road. Then return to Road 1909 and continue, following the "keep right when in doubt" rule.
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-- Introduction -- Finally, there is a hiking club for this corner of Oregon! Founded in 2013, the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club (http://www.friendsoftheumpqua.org/club_info.htm
) goes on a hike every other Saturday. Usually they meet at 8am at the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot behind the library in Roseburg's downtown. Dues are $5 a year. Every three months they hold a potluck to plan the coming quarter's hiking schedule. For information, contact the club president Rheo Wheeler at 541-677-0799.
-- #4 Little River Waterfalls -- A bridge washed out on the trail to Wolf Creek Falls in the winter of 2015-16, closing that trail after about a quarter mile. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the fall of 2016. In the meantime, all of the other waterfall hikes in his area are open.
-- #7 Boulder Creek -- The fish ladder construction project at the trailhead is finally completed (spring 2014), so you can once again drive to the Soda Springs Trailhead. Because the trailhead has been closed for 2 years, the trail may be a little overgrown, but not bad. The Perry Butte Trail off to the side of the main trail, however, has been abandoned for many years, and is all but unfindable.
-- #13 Lemolo Falls -- The trailhead for Warm Springs Falls is now well marked, and the viewpoint of the falls has a nice railed viewing platform.
-- #21-30 Crater Lake National Park -- The national park's entrance fee is likely to increase from $10 to $25 per car in 2015. The fee will still be valid for an entire week.
-- #22 Wizard Island -- The boat rides have increased sharply in price. Expect to pay $37 for adults and $25 for kids under 12 -- and expect an added $15 fee if you get off at Wizard Island. The only boat that stops at Wizard Island leaves at 9:30am. Hikers may return either at 2:30pm or 5pm. The boat tours run early July to mid-September.
-- #33 Lost Creek Lake -- In "Other Hiking Options" I say that the upper Rogue River Trail peters out 4.7 miles up from Lost Creek Lake. Actually, according to alert hiker Michelle Renfro, the trail now continues up
the embankment towards Mill Creek Drive and comes out first on a Pacific Power
access road that then leads to Mill Creek Drive. From there you walk past the
Pacific Power compound and the trail reappears on the right/river side of the
road. The trail then parallels the road until it starts downhill through a rocky
area and ties into the Mill Creek Falls trail right at the stunning Barr Creek
falls. This trail is heavily used and can be followed to a large paved
trailhead. From the trailhead the trail continues to parallel Mill Creek Dr
about a half a mile until you reach a bridge over the river. At this point you
must cross the road where the trail takes off again along the river through an
area logged about 10 years ago. Follow the trail to Hwy 62 at another bridge, at
this point you cross the road and find a small parking area on the north side of
the river. The trail continues from there up towards the north fork dam, which
is at the end of the road referred to in the book as the gravel road
beside a canal.
-- #40 Muir Creek -- The main hike's description is fine, but if you tackle the 15.5-mile backpacking loop in the "Other Options" section, note that logging Road 760 is abandoned and no longer hikable for the section between Roads 700 and 900. Instead, when you reach Road 700, follow it left. Near road's end, turn right on OHV Road 21, which descends 1.3 miles to Road 900. From there you can bushwhack downhill 0.3 mile to the Muir Creek Trail to complete the loop.
-- #41 Upper Rogue River -- The start of the hiking trail is confused by a much larger and more obvious trail for motorized vehicles. The hiking trail branches off to the right of the OHV route.
-- #42 Stuart Falls -- The trail to Red Blanket Falls from this trailhead is STILL closed by a landslide, after several years. Adventurous souls could cross the slide, but it is not recommended, and the trail has become so blocked with blowdown logs that it is abandoned. The Forest Service is hoping to build a new trailhead to access Red Blanket Falls, in the Tom and Jerry area to the south, but it may be several years before this alternate route is ready.
-- #58 Mike Uhtoff Trail -- The Uhtoff Trail is now separated from the White Rabbit Trail between 2800 feet and 3300 feet elevation.
-- #60 Wagner Butte -- The trailhead sign is missing, so you now have to keep a sharp eye out for the trailhead post.
-- #72 Oregon Caves -- Congress added 4000 acres to the 488-acre national monument here in December 2014. The new administration plans to reopen the Cave Creek Campground and add new signage to the trails to Mt. Elijah and the Bigelow Lakes (Hike #159), although they have not received additional funding for improvements within the expanded boundaries. The new legislation also designated the caves' underground stream, the River Styx, as a Wild and Scenic River, and the Caves Chateau as one of the Historic Hotels of America.
-- #84 Taylor Creek -- The winter of 2013-14 destroyed four footbridges along this creek, fouling up the hike for those who are not prepared to scramble on broken bridges or get their feet wet. If you start at the Taylor Creek Trailhead (3.1 miles up Briggs Valley Road), the first missing bridge is at the half-mile mark. Likewise, bridges are missing across Taylor Creek from the old Tin Can Campground and the trailhead at an old gravel pit, near the start of the China Creek Trail. Who knows when these bridges will be replaced?
-- #96 Caribou Lake -- A wildfire in 2014 affected this and several other trails in the Coffee Creek area of the Trinity Alps. The Forest Service plans to reopen the trails in 2015. And yes, the book's overview map of Northern California shows the locations of Hikes 95 and 96 as reversed.
-- #159 Mt. Elijah -- This area was added to the Oregon Caves National Monument in 2014, so there may be changes to the trailhead signage or parking fees.
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-- #6 Illahee Rock -- The trail to Illahee Rock is maintained, but the path to Wild Rose Point is rocky and rough, with some fallen logs from a forest fire.
-- #7 Boulder Creek -- A fish
ladder construction project will block access to this trailhead until November
of 2012. The turnoff is between mileposts 55 and 56.
-- #9 Fish Lake -- If you are hiking the long loop back along Rocky Ridge, be aware that the final 3 miles from Rocky Ridge down to the Beaver Swamp Trailhead may not be well maintained. In fall 2015 the route was easily findable, but had enough downed trees, brush, and slumped tread that it wasn't much fun.
-- #36 Abbott Butte -- At the pass with the trailhead, the signs for "Umpqua National Forest" and "Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail" are missing, but instead there is a large, clear "Abbott Butte Trailhead" sign.
-- #40 Rattlesnake Mountain -- This area sees infrequent trail maintenance, so the path is more exploratory than elsewhere. The loop south from Windy Gap back toward Happy Campsite is vague at one point when it enters a meadow. The trail up to Rattlesnake Mountain may have many downed trees across the path, and there is no marked route to the payoff of the hike -- the viewpoint at Rattlesnake Mountain's cliff.
-- #54 Soda Mountain -- The viewpoint bluff described as Little Pilot Rock is labeled on USGS topo maps as Little Pilot Peak. Little Pilot Rock is actually a rock knoll to the north, about 500 feet lower in elevation, but it also has a nice view and a summit register can.
-- #58 White Rabbit Trail --
The new hiker-only Mike Uhtoff Trail (completed summer 2010) replaces
the hot steep climb on the White Rabbit Trail with a switchbacking path up
through the woods. Start the hike as described, but when you reach the White Rabbit
Trail, turn left instead 20 feet earlier on the well-marked Uhtoff Trail. It
climbs 0.9 mile to rejoin the White Rabbit Trail at the start of the
Lookingglass Loop. The Mike Uhtoff Trail honors the naturalist, businessman,
and teacher who helped lead the drive to preserve this and other Ashland
-- #61 Jacksonville -- New
trails have been added to Jacksonville Woods, including the 1.4-mile Petard
Ditch and the 2-mile Lisa's Loop.
-- #66 Stein Butte -- The hike as described is fine, but if you are interested in the "Other Options" hike on the New London Trail, be warned that the access road may be blocked by a locked gate. Road 1050 has been gated and locked half a mile beyond Seattle Bar (after the Road 1055 junction), where the road enters the private Joe Bar inholding. It is still OK to walk the road 2.3 miles to the New London Trailhead.
-- #67 Red Buttes -- From the Cook and Green Trailhead, do not start hiking on the old road to the left. Note that two trails start on the right-hand side of the parking area. Of these, take the PCT (on the left).
-- #68 Frog Pond -- If you're setting out on the Middle Fork Trail, plan to turn back after 1.2 miles because the 80-foot bridge across the Middle Fork Applegate River here is gone.
-- #71 Grayback Mountain -- The elevation gain to the mountain's summit is 2450 feet, not 1800.
-- #73 Sucker Creek -- The Forest Service has improved the final 1.5 miles of the access road (Road 098), so you can now easily drive to road's end to start your hike there. The trail is obvious there, although there is no sign. Because of this improved upper trailhead, the 1.5 miles of trail down to the lower trailhead are overgrown and disused.
-- #74 Tannen Lakes -- The Oregon Board of Geographic Names changed the name from Tannen to Tanner in 2012 for the Tanner Lakes, Tanner Mountain, and Tanner Creek, noting that the name honors Illinois Valley miner Ezra Sherman Tanner (who died in 1877), and was mistakenly respelled Tannen by the Forest Service in the early 1900s. Although the lake trail's messageboard is now missing, the trailhead is still easy to find.
-- #83 Grants Pass Nature Trails -- Another nice hike on the edge of town is the Dollar Mountain Trail (or "B Street Trail"), which climbs a wooded ridge with spring wildflowers for a mile to a viewpoint by a radio tower. A service road offers a longer return route for a loop. To find the trailhead, drive west around the County Courthouse between A and C Streets in downtown Grants Pass. Then follow B Street west a mile (through some sharp turns) and turn left on Crescent Drive for 0.2 mile to the trail on the right.
-- #86 Rogue River Trail East -- The trail to Rainie Falls was closed by a landslide a mile west of the trailhead at the Grave Creek Bridge in March 2016. The BLM says it will post news at http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue/news.php when they have repaired the trail. The slide itself doesn't look large.
-- #91 Paynes Lake -- The directions to the Etna Summit trailhead should read: "From Interstate 5, take the Fort Jones exit (a mile south of Yreka) and follow Highway 3 for 27 miles. Beyond Fort Jones 11 miles, where the highway turns left towards Callahan, go straight on Collier Way for 0.5 mile into the quaint village of Etna. In downtown Etna turn right on Main Street -- which becomes the Etna-Sawyers Bar Road -- for a total of 10.5 miles, climbing the slow, twisty road to Etna Summit."
-- #108 Medicine Creek Rock
Art -- The turnoff from Hwy 138 is marked "Medicine Creek Road" and
not "Slide Creek Road".
-- #143 Beaver Dam Creek -- Two bridges were missing and blowdown trees were down across this trail in June 2015. "Trail closed" signs suggested that maintenance or repair is unlikely soon. Still, the trail is findable; just be prepared to wade and explore a bit.
More Hikes -- Enchanted Forest: near Applegate, a square mile of BLM land has 4 miles of trails with big Douglas firs, maple groves, views, and some old clearcuts. Open all year. Watch out for poison oak. From Grants Pass, drive Hwy 238 south 6 miles to Murphy. Just before the Applegate River bridge, turn left on North Applegate Road for 7 miles to a sharp right-hand corner. Turn left her on Kubli Road for 200 yards and turn right on Slagle Creek Road for 1.5 miles to the trailhead at road's end.
More Hikes -- Kettle Lake and Observation Gap: Hike the Pacific Crest Trail where it enters Oregon, following the crest of the Siskiyous 2.5 miles through meadows to a swimmable pond and a viewpoint pass. Drive Highway 238 between Grants Pass and Jacksonville to the community of Ruch, turn south toward the Upper Applegate area 9.5 miles, turn left on Beaver Creek Road 20 for 13 gravel miles to Silver Creek Gap, and continue on gravel Road 2025 for 4 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing, just before Donomore Meadows. For a warmup walk, you might take the PCT briefly to the right to see the California-Oregon border sign at Donomore Meadows. But the best hike is to follow the PCT left (north). After 1.5 miles the PCT passes above Kettle Lake; scramble down to this large pond for a short detour. Then continue a mile to a dirt road crossing at Observation Gap, with a view ahead to Mt. Shasta.
More Hikes -- An interesting exploration, but not exactly a hike, is to visit the Buck Rock Tunnels, south of Emigrant Lake near Ashland at GPS coordinates N 42 degrees 05.470' W 122 degrees 33.073'. The final link in the railroad circuit around the United States was the gap across Siskiyou Mountains. A first attempt at a route through this mountain barrier involved this tunnel, but after workers had blasted a hundred yards into the rock on either side of the hill, engineers realized that that the two ends of the tunnel were so badly out of alignment that they would not meet. A different route was laid out, which now takes trains through Tunnel #13, below the Siskiyou summit.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, 3rd edition (c) 2015. This -- #7 Gray Butte -- The long mountain bike loop to Smith Rock described in earlier editions of the book (and still shown on the map) is no longer possible. The bridge across the canal from Lambert Ave. to the Burma Road has been gated closed to the public.
edition includes all the updates listed below for the 2nd edition. Next printing with updates: April 2018.
-- #80 Summer Lake -- Parking permits for the wildlife refuge are now $10 per day or $30 per year.
-- #85 Modoc Lava Beds -- The entry fee has been raised to $15 per car.
-- #93 Pike Creek -- The trailhead and camping area at Pike Creek are now being managed by the Alvord Ranch. Before parking or camping here, you must first drive 2.2 miles south to Alvord Hot Springs, where you can buy a parking permit for $5, or a camping permit for $30. Then return to Pike Creek for your hike or your overnight stay. At Alvord Hot Springs itself, the $5/person fee now is good for use all day, from 9am to 8pm.
More Hikes -- The Klamath Ridge View Trail runs parallel above Lakeshore Drive in Klamath Falls, with views of Upper Klamath Lake and the Cascades. Start at Moore Park.
More Hikes -- The Spence Mountain Trail, west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140, has 3 miles of finished trail and 3-4 more miles planned, open to mountain bikes, horses, and skiers in winter. The trail network will eventually extend with a loop to Howard's Bay. For more information, contact Dennis Taugher at the Klamath Trails Alliance, email@example.com.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, 2nd edition (c) 2012. All of these updates are included in the new 3rd edition of the book.
-- #8 Badlands -- Badlands Rock, and the trails leading to it, were once closed for raptor breeding, but the closures have been lifted. The map on page 31 incorrectly shows the trails as closed. The Flatiron Rock Trailhead is now well signed on the highway, and the cattle guard at the parking lot entrance has been removed. New wooden pointers at trail junctions make route finding easier. The Badlands Trailhead is now marked on Hwy 20 by a sign "Oregon Badlands Wilderness", and the trailhead itself is a fenced gravel parking lot with a gated trailhead that is closed to vehicles. If you are looking for the trail turnoff for the Dry River channel, make sure you take the side trail to the right that is blocked by THREE boulders (and not previous turnoffs that are blocked by four and two boulders).
-- #9 Paulina Lake -- North Cove Campground has been closed, and the side trail to the Warm Springs has now been signed, so instead of a braided, confusing route you will find a single trail to the lakeshore hot springs.
-- #14 Lookout Mountain -- The trails here have been renamed and renumbered somewhat. From the Independent Mine Trailhead where three trails begin, the long trail to the left is still #808, the short trail up the middle is the Mother Lode Mine Trail #808a, and the trail to the right is the Lookout Mountain Trail #804.
-- #25 Little Malheur River -- The Forest Service no longer maintains this trail, so it is fast becoming impassable. Although hikers can still make it from the trailhead on Road 1370 to the First Crossing, there are so many downed trees across the trail that it is awkward. The route is no longer feasible for horses.
-- #32 Mount Ireland -- When you are driving east from the town of Sumpter, there no longer is a sign marking the Grant County line. Instead watch for a pass marked "Blue Springs Summit." From this pass, continue west another 5.9 miles to find the turnoff on the right for Road 7370 with the "Mt. Ireland L.O." sign. This turnoff is easy to miss.
-- #34 Granite Creek -- At the road junction by the town of Granite, Road 10 has been renamed Red Boy Road 24. When you get to the Granite Creek trailhead, parking permits are not required.
-- #36 North Fork Umatilla River -- Light use and no maintenance have left this otherwise brilliant trail brushy and a little frustrating (August 2014). The trailhead outhouse has been subjected to graffiti and vandalism. Alas.
-- #37 Ninemile Ridge -- A trail sign is missing on the driving route to this trailhead. After you drive a quarter mile past the Umatilla Forks Campground, turn left onto a road marked "3200 - 045" for 0.2 rocky miles to the trailhead.
-- #39 Upper Wenaha River -- The driving directions from Jubilee Lake work, but a shortcut road has been improved, allowing for a much easier drive to the Timothy Springs Trailhead. To find it, drive Road 64 past Jubilee Lake 2 miles to a fork, but then veer LEFT to stay on Road 64. After another 1.7 miles, fork right to stay on Road 64 for another 0.6 mile. Then turn right on gravel Road 6415 for 3.5 miles to a sign for the Timothy Springs Campground, and turn left for 0.2 mile to the trailhead.
-- #52 Mount Howard -- If you want to take the scramble route toward East Peak, do not bushwhack directly there from the summit of Mt. Howard. Instead continue on the main trail another 0.3 mile beyond the summit and turn downhill to the right on a new trail that heads toward East Peak.
-- #55 Ice Lake -- The bridge
across the W. Fk. Wallowa River to the Ice Lake Trail became unsafe and has been replaced by a single-log footbridge.
-- #77 Derrick Cave -- The southern road access to this lava tube crosses private land and has been gated, so the route described in the book is no longer open to the public. The cave is still a very interesting destination, and it can be accessed by a longer route on public roads. From downtown Fort Rock, turn north on paved Cabin Lake Road 5-11 for 0.9 mile to the turnoff for Fort Rock State Park, but instead of turning left, go straight on gravel for another 14.9 miles. Beyond the primitive Cabin Lake campground 6 miles, you'll reach an X-shaped intersection. Following "D Cave" pointers, turn right on gravel Road 22 for 2.7 miles to another X-shaped intersection and turn right toward Fox Butte for 9.8 gravel miles to a T-shaped junction just beyond a set of powerlines. Turn right on gravel Road 2320 for 1 mile, fork right onto Road 2325 for 2.5 miles, fork to the right underneath powerlines for 1.7 miles to a junction, and stay left on a track for 1.1 mile to a 3-way fork. Go straight on a dirt road for 0.4 mile to a parking area on the right with a stone wall amid ponderosa pines. The trail is a broad sandy track for 0.2 mile to a pit with Derrick Cave's entrance.
-- #80 Winter Ridge -- The turnoff for Road 29 from the highway beside Summer Lake is at milepost 87, not milepost 82. Be warned that the Fremont Trail is infrequently maintained. In June 2013 there were so many trees across the path north of Government Harvey Pass that it was impassable to horses and awkward for hikers.
-- #81 Campbell and Dead Horse Lakes -- A pine beetle infestation in this area killed enough lodgepole pines that the Forest Service closed the road to Dead Horse Lake for two years while they cut dead trees and rebuilt the campground. The roads are all open once again, so the description in the book is accurate. A new group campsite at Dead Horse Lake has been opened just before you reach the lake, on the right-hand side, on a shadeless ridge where dead trees have been removed.
-- #89 DeGarmo Canyon -- The "DeGarmo Canyon" sign has been moved 100 yards so it now points up the dirt road that leads to the canyon mouth.
-- #90 Hart Mountain Hot Springs -- When hiking from the Hot Springs campground toward Warner Peak, it's much easier to follow the Barnhardi Road than to bushwhack up along Rock Creek. Incidentally, the silver gate on Barnhardi Road has been replaced by a rusty green gate. When you get to the dilapidated cabin at Barnhardi Basin, expect mosquitoes in this marshy area during June and July. To return on a loop, consider following Rock Creek downstream back to the campground, although this route really has no trail.
-- #92 Steens Summit -- The Steens Mountain Loop Road has been improved, so the 6-mile Rooster Comb section is no longer rough. This section between the South Steens Campground and the Steens summit is still steep, twisty, and gravel, but is passable by standard passenger cars.
-- #95 and 96 -- The gravel Fields-Follyfarm Road has been renamed the East Steens Road, and has been paved for 10 miles on either end, south from Highway 78 and north from Fields. The central section from the Alvord Desert to Mann Lake remains wide gravel. The access to Mickey Hot Springs has also changed, in that the green cattle guard near the 90-degree corner of the road has been removed. If you are driving south, look for a 90-degree curve to the right signed "40 MPH." At the start of the curve, veer left onto an unmarked gravel road. From there on, stay on the largest road, keeping left when in doubt, to the signed parking area for Mickey Hot Springs.
-- #95 Pike Creek -- The trail has now been built all the way to the forks of Pike Creek, so you no longer need to scramble from cairn to cairn.
-- #96 Borax Hot Springs -- The wire gate at the old trailhead is now unlocked and open, so you can drive another 0.4 mile to a new trailhead at the road junction at the north end of Lower Borax Lake Reservoir.
Alvord Hot Springs is now hosted by a caretaker who charges $5 per person for use all day (kids under 10 are free). Clothing is still optional. If you pay $20 for a (shadeless) campsite you get unlimited access to the hot spring pool and to a private road to the Alvord Desert playa.
-- #98 Leslie Gulch -- Slocum Campground now has shade shelters over most picnic tables, as well as a restroom and garbage service. Piped spring water is available about 3.5 miles up the road, between Dago Gulch and Juniper Gulch. Near a cattle guard, park on a short spur road to the north that heads into an aspen grove. Then walk 50 feet to the piped spring.
-- #118 North Point -- This trail has been abandoned for 30 years, so it is pretty much unfindable now, but the area is nonetheless a rewarding place to bushwhack and explore, especially in June, with hidden wildflower meadows and views.
-- #130 High Lake via Lake Creek -- This trail was abandoned after a forest fire swept through the area. Downed trees now cover the path.
-- #131 Mud Lake -- This trail was abandoned after a forest fire swept through the area. Downed trees now cover the path.
-- #134 Delintment Creek -- I searched for this trail at the Delintment Lake Campground in June 2014 and could not find it. Even the trailhead seems to be gone.
-- #141 Reynolds Creek -- This trail has been unmaintained for so long that it is nearly unfindable. This is intentional, to protect the petroglyphs on the stone arch from vandalism. Only attempt this trip if you are prepared for a miserable bushwhack and a respectful visit to a sacred site.
-- #181 Huckleberry Mountain
-- The trailhead is now at Little Bear Saddle. Park here and walk gated Road
160 half a mile to the old trailhead.