Heckletooth is a very scenic ridgeline trail that is part of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail. Majestic views of Diamond Peak and Oakridge can be seen from various points along the rugged path. I honestly can't really tell you the exact amount of elevation gain and mileage for this hike. It was shown to me by a Oakridge local a few months back, and I felt like it was a great hike to share with others. It has some climbing, but nothing too steep going uphill. There are a few switchbacks heading down, and one rocky area. Part of the hike is following the Forest Road on the other side of the mudslide, which is safe to go across. I would put the estimated mileage of the hike at around 8 miles, give or take. Please understand this is an adventurous hike, and one done from memory of having been shared with me. I have maps of the trail, along with reference photos and video from my previous trip. If you have a positive attitude and love to explore, you are welcome to join me.
YouTube Video of Heckletooth: http://youtu.be/uoC-HMldtUg
Details: I plan on getting to the trail parking around 10:00AM and hiking in along the trail to the most scenic viewpoint along the trail. We will have lunch there and enjoy the views for a bit. Simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. There will also be a lot of great photo opportunities of Diamond Peak from this spot. After lunch we will continue on the trail, as it winds downward, and then follows a grassy ridge through the woods. We will end up at a lower trailhead, so a second car will be needed for this hike.
Driving Directions: This hike is more from memory, for me. It is on maps and can be found mentioned on some hiking sites. From the town of Oakridge, follow Salmon Creek Road out of town and past the Willamette Fish Hatchery. Continue on Salmon Creek Road, which is also Road 24. After passing Salmon Creek Falls, turn right to cross a narrow bridge on Road 2408. After crossing the bridge, stay to the right and follow the winding Road 5871 (may be marked differently, as it connects to Highway 58 from this side) up the hill. The road ends at a turnout and mudslide that took out most of the road. We will start hiking from here. The first car will be left at a trailhead along Salmon Creek Road.
Fees and Requirements: There isn't any official parking lot or trailhead for this hike, but having a Northwest Forest Pass can be helpful. I ask that hikers bring cash for the drivers, for getting us all to and from the trailhead. I feel $10 is reasonable for the mileage.
Recommended Items to Bring: Please bring a small backpack with your ten essentials, two liters of water, and a packed lunch. I highly recommend dressing in quick drying outdoor clothing, and wearing durable hiking boots or trail runners. Please come prepared for weather changes suitable for season.
Carpooling: We will set up carpooling in the morning at Best Buy. Options for after the hike include heading to a nearby hot spring to relax for a bit, or grabbing some food at a local restaurant in Oakridge. Plan on making a day of this trip. If you are in a hurry to get back to town at a set time, please indicate before signing up, or be willing to drive yourself.
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