Hike Sweet Creek Falls

Saturday, May 3 – Hike Sweet Creek Falls Trail We will hike Sweet Creek from the Homestead Trailhead past Split Falls, Punch Bowl Falls, and Ledge Falls to the end of the trail and back. This will be a fun chance to see coastal wildflowers and the falls at their best with all the spring rains we have been having. Sweet Creek is just across the Siuslaw River from Mapleton where we will plane on having lunch at Alpha-Bit Gallery/Cafe. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk in the woods with almost zero elevation gain until the very last section. Part of the trail is on a metal cat walk above the creek for great views of Maiden Hair Ferns, Yellow Monkey Flowers, and Trilliums.


Please come with water, rain gear,water resistant foot wear, camera and your curiosity.  This is a no dog outing.



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  • Joe S.

    Nice to experience a hike with Eugene Sierra club people (after doing hikes over years with the PDX group, but not recently.) As to this specific hike, while frankly I'd normally prefer to hike at a somewhat brisker pace, sweet creek is so atmospheric that I was fine with slow pace and "stopping to smell the roses" (read: check out individual wild flowers - A new appreciation for something that I might not ordinarily examine with such detail.) I particularly enjoyed meeting you, Ron; getting some insight into your interesting sounding home environment and priorities. Hope there will be a chance to build on this pleasant and enriching introduction....

    1 · May 3

  • Bill K.

    Hey Lon; Don't know about rain but I'm going to stay here sat and likely take a more arduous hike. Also if that restaurant you are planning on is the same health food place as last year that's a bad idea as far as I'm concerned. Too much money for little substance. The real restaurant a couple doors over would be much better.

    May 3

    • Lyn D.

      Just a restaurant comment: I think it's a tradeoff. Frank's place (a couple of doors over) has good beer (yay!), nice folks, decent prices and okay food, but 4 of us kayakers waited almost 45 minutes for ordered sandwiches and burgers recently, and they have nothing vegetarian. Alpha-Bit is more spendy, but healthier food and veggie options. If I could I'd grab a beer at Frank's and food at Alpha-Bit!

      May 3

  • Drew N.

    Hi guys, I see it might rain and I didn't have any rain gear with me on this biz trip. My shoes have holes in them and I don't have a jacket, so I think I'll get prepared and take a rain-check.

    May 3

  • Linda K.

    Well, I'd rather walk somewhere with my dog. Catch you later

    May 2

  • Lon O.

    Hey Sweet Creek Hikers, I was out with a BLM botanist yesterday and she said that the Faun Lillies were still in bloom at Sweet Creek!! We do have a slight chance of showers so be sure to bring your rain gear. Also, be sure to bring drinking water! There is a toilet at the trail head. See you all in the morning.

    May 2

  • Donna H.

    I wish this were at the top for folks who want to go and don't have a spot yet. Lew's step-dad is in the hospital in Yreka, CA and he won't be coming home till you are well on your hike. So we are freeing up 2 spots and hope this will be an annual hike that we can make next year. We wish you all a good hike.

    May 1

    • Lon O.

      Donna so sorry that Lew's step-dad is still not doing well thanks for freeing up the RSVPs.

      May 2

  • Michael T.

    I am confirming to go. Just need to confirm what time and where. Also a question of seating & how that works, or if i can ride with someone?

    May 1

    • Lon O.

      Hi Michael I will have my little Prius along with room for 3 to ride with me. Hopefully we will have enough rides for carpooling. If riders can chip in about $3 per hour of riding that will help compensate the drivers.

      May 2

  • Cheryl B.

    I meant to say we are not able to make this hike...

    April 29

  • Cheryl B.

    I agree with Lee. SEHS is very convienant for my daughter and me too. Even though we are able to make this hike, I hope the meeting place stays the same as well. The Audubon society always meets here, and the Obsidians sometimes as well. No one has ever had a problem with leaving their car in the lot.

    April 28

  • Joe S.

    I'm confirmed! Cool! (or, as the kids might say "que-el!") WITH RESPECT: Might I suggest consider changing the car pool place to TARGET PARKING (West 11th near Beltline; same time; 9:00 AM) since we'll be driving by there, anyway? It's a well-known car pool meeting spot for coastal hikes.... But if you feel it's now too late in this game for such a change, perhaps be mindful of it, for the future. Would save time/be more efficient for a lot of people .....

    April 28

    • Victoria

      I've parked in Target before and my car was safe. I have some concerns in the SEHS lot...

      April 28

  • Lee A.

    The present meeting place is very convenient for people like me who don't own a car. I hope Sierra Club Many Rivers never changes it.

    April 28

  • Lyn D.

    Remembered a friend is performing at Saturday Market and I said I'd come watch. Enjoy, should be very pretty with all the water lately.

    April 26

  • claire b.

    I'm sorry my mom and I have to bow out. Hope you all have fun, and Joe, I'm glad you get to go now! Enjoy alpahbit, I know I do when I'm there

    April 26

  • Lon O.

    Hi all you Sweet Creek hikers, It is very nice to have so many folks interested in the Sweet Creek Falls for photography and wild flowers. Since we have so many on the waiting list please change your RSVP if for any reason you can't participate. Thanks, looking forward to seeing you all Saturday, May 3rd.

    April 21, 2014

  • Lon O.

    Hi Joe,
    thanks for the offer, however the Sierra Club requires new leaders to go through a training process and to have up to date first aid training. Richard Turk the outings chair for the Many Rivers Group will be joining us on this walk in the woods. Richard is an excellent photographer and willing to answer any questions about nature photography.

    April 21, 2014

  • Joe S.

    Greetings, Lon,
    Daggane! I waited too long to sign up for this, didn't I? Dunno how often you read these posts, but - FYI - I've done this hike a bunch of times including LEADING IT just this past January. Wondering if you'd consider having a co-leader which could potentially allow for a larger group (or, two "parallel groups") so we could essentially be together there on the same day. I'd really like to connect with some Sierra Club people here in Eugene, as opposed to other groups I've hiked with. How can we connect to discuss if co -leading could be a possiblity? ( I understand you'd want to know more about me/my experience, first.)
    I'll take a chance and post my email address to you:
    [masked]
    Thanks for considering....

    April 21, 2014

  • Audrey

    Hi Lon. Do we have a return time? I've got a family birthday so just trying to plan timing. Thanks.

    April 17, 2014

    • Lon O.

      Hi Audrey, The return is set for 3 PM at South Eugene High School. If you need to be earlier than that some hikers could skip stopping at Alpha-Bits in Mapleton for a quick lunch.

      April 17, 2014

    • Audrey

      Oh no, 300 is great! Looking very much forward to the hike.

      April 17, 2014

  • Donna H.

    May we bring our dog on a leash?

    April 13, 2014

    • Lon O.

      Sorry Donna no dogs on this outing. The Many Rivers Group often has dog outings however not this one.

      April 13, 2014

  • Vega B.

    Yay! I can't wait. Thanks for telling me about this group, Cheryl

    April 5, 2014

    • Cheryl B.

      You're wecome. You will love this hike, and Alphabit is my favourite place!!

      April 11, 2014

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