Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Short hike with excellent views.

Cons

Out-of-the-way trailhead.

Trailhead Elevation

4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)

Features

Historically significant
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Comments

06/17/2018
Lovely, quiet hike. Some rocky terrain to cross but this year only small amount of snow remained, and it was easily skirted. Good assortment of wildflowers. No restroom at trailhead but there are some at both the Blue River Reservoir campground and the boat launch.
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