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Tidbits Mountain

Willamette National Forest

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Much of the trail is in a shady forest.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Beargrass blooms here in spring.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Watch for views of volcanoes peeking through gaps in the trees.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Trillium and other wildflowers carpet the forest floor.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Catch the rhododendrons blooming in the spring.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Near the summit, the trail crosses a rocky scree field.- Tidbits Mountain
  • The dramatic cliffs near the top of Tidbits Mountain provide a photogenic backdrop for the mountains.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Looking up toward the summit of Tidbits Mountain.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Fragments of an old fire tower remain on the rocky summit block.- Tidbits Mountain
  • Panoramic views as far as the eye can see reward hikers who reach the top of the mountain.- Tidbits Mountain
  • On a clear day, the Three Sisters (10,358') stand tall behind older, lower mountain ridges.- Tidbits Mountain
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Pros: 
Short hike with excellent views.
Cons: 
Out-of-the-way trailhead.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike to the top of Tidbits Mountain provides a nice cross-section of what the Willamette Foothills has to offer. In just a few short miles the trail passes through stands of massive old Douglas fir trees. Then it traverses beneath impressive rocky monoliths, climbs up to the site of an old lookout tower, and opens up to 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. On a clear day, all of Central Oregon and beyond unfolds before you.

In 1915, one of the first fire lookouts in Oregon was built here. A wooden platform was built on the summit block and a Forest Service cabin was placed less than a quarter mile below. In 1926, a cabin was built on the summit. While it seems spacious to sit up there now, imagine building a structure on that rocky pinnacle!

The cabin was destroyed in the late 1960s, but remnants of the old lookout remain scattered around the mountaintop.

On your way back down, consider taking a different route back to the trail. About 50 yards from the summit, a user path veers off to the left and goes about a quarter mile back down to the main trail.

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