Moon Point

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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Moon Point


  • The short spur to Moon Point ends in a stunning vista.- Moon Point
  • A glimpse of Young's Rock.- Moon Point
  • Moon Point is visible looming above for a short time about halfway up the climb.- Moon Point
  • Moon Point Trail.- Moon Point
  • The gravel road climb is visible far below from the viewpoint on Moon Point.- Moon Point
  • Young's Rock from Moon Point.- Moon Point
  • The descent has many steep switchbacks.- Moon Point
  • The bottom of the trail passes through a burned area that has been thinned by salvaged logging.- Moon Point
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Epic view from Moon Point. Steep downhills. Never crowded.
Rough trail. Brutal climb.
Willamette Foothills, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,282.00 ft (1,000.35 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Black diamond
Total Distance: 
19.00 mi (30.58 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,042.00 ft (622.40 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Moon Point is a ride you won't forget in a hurry. This underappreciated Oakridge area classic combines a long gravel road climb with stunning clifftop views and steep technical downhills to provide a worthy alternative to the more popular (and crowded) Alpine Trail. If you are not up for the 9-mile, 3,200-foot climb, this trail can easily be done as a shuttled ride.

Look for glimpses of Young's Rock and Moon Point on the climb up, as they are visible for a short time at about the halfway point. Be sure to take the short spur trail to Moon Point itself. The approach road is visible far below. The view is primarily to the west, so you won't see any snowy peaks, but the sense of being on the top of the world is striking. 

Once you crest the final ridge and turn downhill, the bottom drops out on this trail. A series of steep switchbacks through old-growth fir gives way to rocky sections along cliffside meadows, thick pine needles through middle elevation forest, and finally, a fast trail through an area that was lightly burned over and subsequently thinned, leaving huge, blackened ponderosa pines spaced widely apart in an almost park-like setting.

The trail ends across the road from a small campground on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River that has a nice wading spot to cool off in after your epic ride on Moon Point. 

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