Hiking and Hot Springs - Larison Creek and McCredie Hot Springs

A scenic trail that follows a small cove and forested creek.  Views of cascading waterfalls throughout the creek are visible from the trail.










Trail Info: Larison Creek is a 6 mile out and back, with 200' of elevation gain. The first 1.5 miles follows along Larison Cove, before going back into the woods for the next 1.5 miles, as the trail follows the creek. At the 3.0 mile mark there is a small waterfall and pool. Larison Creek is rated as easy, and can be found on page 198 in William L. Sullivan's Third Edition of "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades". Sullivan's books are well used by local hikers, and can be found at most REI stores, as well as Barnes and Noble.

Where: Larison Creek is located near Hills Creek Reservoir, just pass Oakridge. Larison Creek is about 52 miles from Eugene.

When: Sunday, September 15.

Directions: From I-5 take Exit 188A for Oakridge. Follow HWY 58 through the small town of Oakridge. Just pass town, between milepost 37 and 38, turn right at the sign for Hills Creek Reservoir. After a half mile, turn right onto Road 21 for 3.3 miles. A hiker symbol will mark the trailhead on the right. There is a small parking lot on the other side of the cove, just up the road a bit, that also has a bathroom.

Details: We will hike in 1.5 miles to the far end of the cove, where we will take a short break. After the short break we will continue 1.5 miles to the small waterfall and pool, to enjoy a lunch and the scenery. After enjoying our lunches, taking some pictures, and relaxing a bit, we will return the 3.0 miles back to the cars and and the trailhead. After the hike, those that want to relax in the hot springs will take the road back to HWY 58, and take a right and head about 8 miles up the highway to a large parking lot on the right. The hot springs are located down a short path from the parking lot, following the creek. Those that would like to just head home or grab dinner in Oakridge can do so. After soaking in the hot springs, we will enjoy a dinner together in Oakridge and make our way back home.

Contact: Matt Howell - (541)[masked]

Forest Service: Middle Fork Ranger District - (541)[masked]

Requirements and Suggestions: All hikers must bring at least two liters of water with them for the hike along with snacks or a lunch. I know some hikers feel comfortable hiking with less water, but it's what I'm asking of those going. I have had to deal with unprepared individuals on hikes, so I always make sure other hikers are well hydrated and carry some type of food. Thank you for the understanding. I highly recommend quick drying clothing, such as synthetics, and avoiding all cotton, as it is worthless once wet. Please dress in layers, and bring a layer of insulation, such as a fleece jacket or light down, and rain gear. Pack a small lunch along with some snacks that are high in protein. It will help you along for the endurance of the hike. Waterproof hiking boots or shoes are highly recommended, and a spare pair of socks in your pack is always a wise choice. Remember to pack your 10 Essentials as well.

Carpooling: We will carpool from Best Buy, so those needing rides please bring money to chip in for gas and the parking fee. Hopefully we can take just two or three cars, due to the small amount of parking at the trailhead.

Parking and Regulations: Larison Creek requires the Northwest Forest Pass at the trailhead. This pass is available for $30 at REI and other sporting goods stores. It covers your parking at most trailheads throughout the Northwest for one full year. A day fee of $5 for those without the pass, but the trailhead may be missing the dropbox for the fee. So the Northwest Forest Pass would be the safest way to go.

Disclaimer: McCredie Hot Springs is a clothing optional hot spring, that is along Salt Creek. They have added restrooms and a better parking lot, and more improvements are planned for the future.  You can now use the restrooms for changing of clothing.  With it being a clothing optional hot spring, nudity is common. Those choosing to enjoy the hot springs, I ask that you respect those around you, as well as those in the group. Please be considerate and respectful as we share the hot springs. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you would like.

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  • Garry

    Nice mellow hike. Great group of folks. Hot springs were nice.

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks for driving, Garry. Much appreciated.

      September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good job, Matt. I am inspired to put more effort into lunch.

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks. There are so many ideas for what to take for a lunch on a hiking trip. From simple things that just need some hot water, to items that pack a lot of protein, that you can wrap up in a tortilla. Seems like things are getting lighter and easier to pack along too.

      September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful day filled with great folks hiking, soaking, and dining. Thanks to Matt for organizing and Gary for driving.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Linda K.

    Lovely time

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Garth

    Hey Matthew,
    Sorry to drop last minute, but I've got a week left til I head back to the east coast, and have a lot to do on the house before I head out. I hope it's still a good trip!

    September 15, 2013

  • Mona

    Sorry for the late notice, but I'm having serious back issues and won't be able to join the group for the Larison Creek hike tomorrow after all. Will try to join another event when feeling better.

    September 14, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    It looks like several people are dropping out. That's too bad. Hope to see people on other trips.

    September 14, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I would appreciate being able to ride with someone that is wanting to do the hike, as well as stop off at the hot springs afterwards. I have money for gas, and a Northwest Forest Pass for parking at the trailhead. I know some people are only wanting to do the hike, and others wanted to leave early. I am willing to compromise some, in order to get a ride with someone. Just without a vehicle for this weekend.

    September 14, 2013

    • Garry

      If you still need a ride I should have room in the van

      1 · September 14, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks.

      September 14, 2013

  • Garry

    Matt, I will see you in the morning! I am bringing the big white van which is dirty from going to a star party last week at Brothers. See ya.
    Garry[masked]

    September 14, 2013

  • DW

    Oh no! I wanted to go and was planning to..then yesterday, a new work commitment comes up and I will need to be there. Unfortunately I must miss out (yet again) and hope that I can get to another hike soon!

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Matt, I will be meeting you at the trail head around 10 a.m. Would you let me know if I have the time wrong. Thanks Robert

      September 13, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      That should be about right for time. We'll see you there.

      September 13, 2013

  • Michael T.

    Going tuna fishing and Saturday and will not be able to make it Sunday morning.

    September 13, 2013

  • Kelsey

    It looks like I'll need to be back in Eugene for a dance rehearsal by 6pm. I had said I could provide transportation for a group but perhaps this means my husband and I should go separately since we likely won't be joining folks for dinner, unless it is a very early one.

    August 28, 2013

    • Barbara

      I'm not much for hot springs or going out to dinner so it would be great it I could ride with you. Are you planning to be at Best Buy at 8:30? Happy to share costs.

      September 10, 2013

    • Kelsey

      Hi Barbara, at this point it is probably better if you plan to ride with someone else. I was planning on doing the hotsprings, and most likely skipping out on dinner. My husband and I are both very sick right now, and there is a chance we won't be able to make it Sunday. Hopefully we will be better by then but I don't want anyone relying on me just in case we decide we to back out. Sorry!

      September 10, 2013

  • Jackie A.

    Won't be back until the 17th.....

    September 9, 2013

  • Molly

    Ooh, fun! Ironically I'll have to miss this one because I will be camping at Belknap Hot Springs that weekend and be leaving when all of you are arriving! Next time.

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Andrea Brown (.

    Another weekend we have the kids...

    September 3, 2013

  • Linda K.

    I'm slow too. I still want to carpool with someone. Will pay for gas and fees

    September 3, 2013

  • Molly S.

    I would like to attend but I'm new to hiking and wouldn't want to hold anybody up at mile 2 or 3. Do you keep a strict pace?

    3 · August 27, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'm not strict about pace for hikes. I want people to enjoy the outdoors is my main goal. Mostly, I'm just said to be strict about bringing water, snacks, the right type of clothing, and being prepared. All things in regard to your own safety, as well as the group's.

      August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Molly, I'm a little on the slow side myself, so if you fall behind you won't be alone.

      September 2, 2013

  • DW

    I will try to make this one! I'll RSVP when I know my work schedule then. 7:30 is early but I'll go with whatever's best for most people.

    1 · August 31, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      It was an idea. Not sure if people want to get up there that early. We'll just enjoy the hike and then head to the hot springs. I don't know everyone's pace, so it's hard to tell on the time schedule.

      September 1, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    Would it work better for people if we met an hour earlier? So instead of meeting at 8:30AM at Best Buy, we meet at 7:30AM. It would maybe help with those that are wanting to be back by a certain time. Also keep in mind for future trips, when we go for day hikes, it usually is most of the day.

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't go, it's my friend's bday and I need to be back early.

    August 29, 2013

  • Linda K.

    I would like to leave early too. Could I ride with you? I'm not a fast walker. What do you think?

    August 28, 2013

    • Kelsey

      I'm sorry Linda, I didn't see this. Were you wanting to be back to Eugene by a certain time?

      August 28, 2013

    • Kelsey

      I'm new to this group and am not sure how things work. I was thinking the simplest would be that my husband and I would drive ourselves, and if others were ready to go back with us when we need to go they can come with?

      1 · August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join you for this one, Matt. I live in Westfir so will hook up with the group in Oakridge.

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be at the Willamette Mountain Mercantile - red P.T.

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      By the way phone is:[masked]

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    And we could hit the pub on our return.

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      The Brewer's Union is a great place to stop for food and a cold drink afterwards.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun!

    August 26, 2013

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