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100 Hikes in NW Oregon & SW Washington, 4th Edition (c)2013.
(Next printing with updates will be in April 2014. 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 -- 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.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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 -- 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.
-- #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.
-- #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.
100 Hikes in NW Oregon & SW Washington, 3rd Edition (c)2012.
-- #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.
(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 in the Central Oregon Cascades, 4th Edition (c)2013.
-- #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.
-- #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.
(Next reprint with updates: April 2014)100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades, 4th Edition (c)2012.
-- #1 Ankeny Wildlife Refuge -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds.
-- #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.
-- #17 Rooster Rock -- Trees have grown up to block most views from the old lookout site, and no boards remain from the cabin itself.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #64 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 road was still closed in October 2013. The Forest Service has signed an alternate route to the trailhead, but it's 15 miles longer, mostly on gravel. To find it from Highway 126 at McKenzie Bridge, follow Horse Creek Road 2638 for 12.8 miles (including 9 miles of gravel with potholes). 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 miles to the Horsepasture Trailhead on the left.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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."
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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 2015, 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" and "Private" 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.
-- 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).
100 Hikes: Oregon Coast & Coast Range, 3rd Edition (c)2012.
(Next reprint with updates: April 2014. Fourth Edition with new hikes: April 2016)
-- #15 Banks-Vernonia Railroad -- The entire 20-mile trail from Banks to Vernonia is now paved.
-- Tilliamook -- The Tillamook Air Museum will close by 2016. The WW II aircraft are being moved to Madras because the dry climate there will preserve them better.
-- #21 Cape Meares -- A large, slow, ongoing landslide is sagging the Oregon Coast Trail and the Three Capes Drive near the turnoff to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. ODOT has posted a sign at the 5th Street trailhead in the town of Cape Meares saying that the trail ahead is closed, but with boots and some scrambling skills it is possible to get through. In November 2013 the slide had left a muddy 10-foot scarp across the trail (and tilted countless trees) near the "Viewpoint" labeled on the book's map, just south of the junction of the high-tide and low-tide routes.
The Cape Meares landslide is different from the washout that was previously reported on the "High Tide Route" trail. The washout is now perhaps the smaller of the obstacles on this route.
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.
-- #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.
-- #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 faint and overgrown. The 3-mile bridge is fine, and 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.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #148 Chush Falls. A wildfire in September 2012 burned through this area. Expect black snags at the trailhead. Because the canyon itself is protected by cliffs and a damp microclimate, many trees near the waterfalls survived.
-- #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.
100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 3rd (c)2014. This printing includes all the changes listed below for the 2012 edition. (Next reprint with updates: April 2016. Fourth edition with new hikes: April 2017)
-- 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.
-- #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.
-- #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?
100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 3rd Edition (c)2012.
(These updates have been included in the latest printing of the book.)
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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".
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.
Hikes in Eastern Oregon, 2nd Edition (c)2012.
(Third Edition with new hikes: April 2015)
-- #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.
-- #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.
-- #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 was
largely removed in the summer of 2010, so hikers are asked to use the horse
ford just upstream until a single-log footbridge can be installed there, perhaps
in the summer of 2011. In the meantime this ford can be swift and 3 feet deep.
-- #77 Derrick Cave -- The southern road access to this lava tube may cross private land; although the road is not gated, it has a No Trespassing sign that reads, "A. Borror, 541-633-3284." Road access from the north is still possible on Deschutes National Forest land, but requires a DNF map and some route-finding skill.
-- #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.
-- #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 as rough. This section is still twisty and gravel, but is passable by standard passenger cars.
-- #95 and 96 -- The gravel Fields-Follyfarm Road has been paved for the northernmost 20 miles, from Highway 78 south almost to Mann Lake. The road has been renamed the East Steens Mountain Road. This road runs along the east side of Steens Mountain past the Alvord Desert. 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. There are no signs, so the correct road to Mickey Hot Springs can be tricky to find.
Alvord Hot Springs is now hosted by a caretaker who charges $10 per person and requires that bathers wear swimsuits.
-- #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.
-- #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.