Hiking - Brice Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

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  • Sandy

    Had a great time, and challenge making up to the falls. Great people, great time and great hike organizer/leader Matt!

    1 · April 21

  • Vivian

    What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! Thanks, Matt, for organizing and to all for making it a great hike.

    1 · April 20

  • Jeff

    It was a very pretty hike.

    1 · April 20

  • Jana

    A great hike with a great group of people! Thanks to Matt for organizing it, and to everyone who attended for welcoming me into the group. Looking forward to the next one! :)

    1 · April 19

  • Laura

    Absolutely wonderful! What a treasure, thanks for sharing it with us.

    1 · April 19

  • Brian B.

    Great hike great bunch of people and the weather wasn't to bad either.

    2 · April 19

  • Kathy

    AWESOME! Even with the little bit of liquid sunshine!

    1 · April 19

  • Kathy

    Hey Matt! I Know exactly where we are meeting. I'll leave Cottage Grove around 9:00. No cell service out there, but you can try if you need to contact me.

    1 · April 19

  • Laura

    Matthew,
    I plan to meet you folks at Best Buy at 8:30. I do have a vehicle that can take 3 others if necessary. See you!

    1 · April 19

  • Matthew H.

    As of right now, it appears that I am picking up David and Jana at the Ray's in Creswell. So I will have room for one other person. after the trip I am thinking of heading to Oakridge, but that depends on the time. Also, we will be meeting Kathy at the trailhead. Was anyone else planning to meet at the trailhead, instead of at Best Buy or Ray's? If you are meeting me at the trailhead, please let me know. Be sure you also know which trailhead and how to get there. If you can't find us, it only ends up holding up the whole group. we will be leaving on time from each destination, so be prompt. Thank you.

    April 19

  • Brian B.

    Hey Matt, are you allowing canines on this trek?

    April 18

    • Matthew H.

      Dogs are welcomed. Kathy is bringing her dog. Please have a leash available, just in case the dogs don't like each other, or other hikers. Thanks.

      April 18

  • Matthew H.

    David Yula, I got your message. I can pick you up somewhere in Creswell, as we will be going by there. Please let me know where would be a good spot, and also we can figure out what time.

    April 14

    • David Y.

      Ok, either the Arco or Rays parking lot. Whatever time you want me there. Thanks

      1 · April 14

    • Matthew H.

      Ray's works. I'll be there around 9:00AM. My cell is listed above.

      April 15

  • claire b.

    this will be my 2nd time. so excited.

    1 · April 14

  • Matthew H.

    I will need one other driver to be part of the car shuttle. We will all meet at the West Trailhead. Then we will take one car up and drop it off at Champion Creek. When we are done, we will drive back and get the car and come back to get everyone.

    1 · April 10

    • Michael

      it was what I figured, although it seemed like there had to be a better way i wasn't thinking of. Lol. guess not... =P

      April 11

    • Matthew H.

      It's also mentioned in the write up. I just wanted to make sure people knew, and that I would have someone else available to make it possible.

      April 11

  • Kathy

    YES!!!! Molly and I did the 12.9 mile hike last Sunday. We'll meet you at the trailhead. Oh - let me know if dogs are okay or not. :-)

    1 · April 9

    • Matthew H.

      Dogs are welcome. We can meet you at the trailhead between 9:45 and 10:00.

      April 10

    • Michael

      swimming, sun, hiking, lunch, dogs, friends... ahh, the perfect start to my Saturday.

      April 11

  • Jeff

    Matthew, I can drive if you did not see the rvsp yet. I can take 4 others at the most.

    1 · April 10

  • Fran B.

    Beautiful hike! My husband and I did this hike last March and set up a base camp at the upper camp ground (there are 3 sites available even tho the park is closed. Sorry we will miss this one. Have fun!

    1 · April 9

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