Salmon Creek + Heckletooth Loop

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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Salmon Creek + Heckletooth Loop


  • Dropping into the Eugene to Crest Trail after many miles of climbing on gravel roads.- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
  • Keep an eye out for blooming rhodedendrons in the spring.- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
  • Stop on top of Heckletooth Mountain to enjoy the view and the wildflowers.- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
  • Bunchgrass Ridge and Diamond Peak (8,743') are visible to the east from the top of Heckletooth Mountain.- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
  • The precipitous trail down from the top of Heckletooth Mountain.- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
  • Mariposa lily (Calochortus).- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
  • The view west toward Oakridge just before the final descent into town.- Salmon Creek  + Heckletooth Loop
Overview + Weather
Great views. Excellent downhill sections. Remote character.
Strenuous. Remote sections are far from help.
Willamette Foothills, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,360.00 ft (719.33 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Black diamond
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,320.00 ft (402.34 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


This loop combines one of the easiest trails in the Oakridge area with one of the most challenging. Be sure to enjoy the scenery along the smooth and relatively flat Salmon Creek Trail that starts the loop, because it is followed by a never-ending gravel road climb and a technically and physically demanding ridge trail before the final descent back into Oakridge. Don't be fooled into thinking everything will be easy once you finish the gravel road climb. The Heckletooth section of the Eugene to Crest Trail has plenty more ascent in store before topping out in a rocky meadow on top of Heckletooth Mountain. Take a break here and enjoy the expansive views of Bunchgrass Ridge and Diamond Peak to the east. Once you get back in the saddle, be ready for some white-knuckle descent. Most of the downhill is smooth and fast, but there are a number of steep, technical, and rocky sections to contend with.

This is a long, strenuous ride. The ridge section is remote and offers no opportunities for emergency egress. Come prepared for this one; bring plenty of water, food, tools and some extra layers in case there are any unforeseen circumstances.

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