South Willamette Trail Hike

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Dense, verdant understory on the South Willamette Trail.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • The South Willamette Trail weaves through dense understory.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • The South Willamette Trail crosses several creeks along its route, including Harper Creek and North Creek.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • The South Willamette Trail is dog friendly.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • One of several creek crossings on the South Willamette Trail.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • Another of several creek crossings on the South Willamette Trail.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • The dog-friendly South Willamette Trail is an inviting place for dogs.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • The South Willamette Trail winds through dense understory of Douglas fir forest in the Willamette Valley.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • Creek crossing and rainforest decay along the South Willamette Trail.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • One of several bridge crossings along the South Willamette Trail.- South Willamette Trail Hike
  • The South Willamette Trail is dog friendly.- South Willamette Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short and long options. Ferns and forest foliage. Not as busy as surrounding trails.
Cons: 
Can be overgrown. Highway noise.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
10.40 mi (16.74 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
950 ft (290 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,800 ft (549 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A mere 35-minute drive from Eugene, the South Willamette Trail provides a perfect opportunity for a moderate hike that can be tailored in length to suit one's aspirations. While the trail is open to horse and mountain bike riders, it is less frequented than other Oakridge-area trails, especially during weekdays.

Winding its way through old-growth forest, the trail is lush with a variety of ferns, including sword ferns, shield ferns, lady ferns, and several others. The trail is quite narrow close to the Eula Ridge Trailhead, and it opens up more as you approach the Goodman Creek Trailhead. Throughout the hike you'll cross many creeks via a variety of bridges, including an impressive moss-laden log bridge. The South Willamette Trail won't punish you with elevation gain like connected Eula Ridge and Hardesty trails. However, its ups and downs add significant cumulative elevation gain, making it a great conditioning hike for bigger adventures.

The South Willamette Trail offers several options for length. One can shorten the hike by leaving a second car, or even bicycle, at the Goodman Creek Trailhead or, for the truly adventurous, combine with the Hardesty and Eula Ridge Trails for a nearly 14-mile loop with over 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

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