We will be meeting in the Best Buy parking lot just off of I-5, along Gateway, at 8:30AM. I plan on setting up carpools and leaving at 9:00AM. Brice Creek is a scenic creek with small falls that is east of Cottage Grove, near Dorena. The drive is about 45 to 50 miles, so about 100 miles total. Please be willing to chip in $10 to the drivers for their contribution to getting everyone to and from the trailhead safely. The hike along Brice Creek is 5.5 miles one way, from West Trailhead to Champion Creek, and the east trailhead of Trestle Falls. I'm planning on going from West Trailhead up to Trestle Falls, and finishing at Champion Creek, for a 6.7 mile hike. We will need at least two cars for the shuttle.
Trail Info: 6.7 miles, with 1,420 feet of elevation to Trestle Falls. The trail is rather flat for most of the hike, until the path to the falls.
Where: Brice Creek - 22 miles east from Cottage Grove on NFR 22.
When: 8:30AM at Best Buy on Gateway in Springfield.
Directions: Head south on I-5 towards Cottage Grove. Take the 174 Exit for Cottage Grove. Turn left at the light. Follow this road out of town and pass Dorena Lake. Stay on National Forest Road 22 as it passes into the Umpqua National Forest. The parking lot will be on the right, and marked as Brice Creek - West Trailhead. The trailhead is across the road, on the left of the creek and bridge.
Details: I'm hoping to reach the trailhead around 10:00AM. We will take a lunch along the trail, so bring a packed lunch in your backpack. Also, there are many great swimming holes along the creek, so I suggest a swimsuit of some type and a towel. After lunch we will continue along the trail 1.6 miles, and reach Trestle Falls, which we will be walking behind. The trail is narrow in some spots with some elevation gain up to the falls, but is well worth the effort.
Contact: Matthew Howell - (541)[masked]
Forest Service: Cottage Grove Ranger District - (541)[masked]
Requirements: At least a liter of water and a lunch. I highly recommend comfortable quick drying clothing and durable hiking shoes or boots. There is no parking fee or forest pass needed for this hike.