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Thurston Hills--secret hiking gem in Springfield

Thurston Hills is a secret gem that only a few hikers know about. This path, about two miles round trip does have a steep incline, but will reward you with views of a beautiful secret Sawtooth Ridge, Cascades and Coast Range. Despite the short length, I would rate this as moderate difficulty, similar to Spencer Butte.

This is not an official park, so is not maintained and there is poison ivy. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Bring a snack to share with your new friends. Mosquitos have started to appear so you may want something to protect yourself from them like Off. Bring plenty of water for yourself. Weather is cooling off this weekend after a warm week, but you still need hydration and it should be in the 70s Saturday, perfect for a short local hike. 

It's spring and at low elevations like this, wildflowers are in bloom and the irises are especially lovely this time of year. Indian Paintbrush has also started appearing and we can see if there's nectar.

You can see a trail map here: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/thurston-hills

Or watch a video I shot on this trail here: https://vimeo.com/71434912

To get there, take Main Street east of 126 and Main east toward the mountains and turn right on S. 67th St. and follow it to a T with S. 66th Pl. where you turn left. Follow all the way to a dead end and you've come to a trailhead. Here is a Google Map right to the trailhead: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zi6YKESIkJ7c.kFPWaV-j_3rU

This is the trailhead parking:

Post in your RSVP if you would like to carpool from Eugene and we can arrange. We should be finished by 5pm if not earlier. 

Wildflowers:




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  • David

    A nice short hike with a great event host. Nicely done Sandor!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Ann R

    Nice to see everyone, great views.

    May 17, 2014

  • Tyler B.

    Terrific hike, short and steep

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Had delay rounding up people in Eugene. May be few min late.

    May 17, 2014

  • Ann R

    Thanks. Leaving now. Meet you there !

    May 17, 2014

  • Ann R

    Can I bring my dogs?

    May 17, 2014

    • Sandor L.

      As long as you keep on leash and they play well with humans.

      May 17, 2014

  • Bill K.

    Thanks for the consideration. I hope you all have a great time and no itches afterwards.

    May 17, 2014

  • Bill K.

    Hi Sandor; This interests me except for the poison oak part. I'm very allergic and don't even want it on my clothes which I'll still have to handle anyway. Can it be avoided or is it just too abundant for that?

    May 16, 2014

    • Sandor L.

      I have walked this dozens of times and never had an issue. If you're allergic, though, I'd say save it for another day and don't take your chances.

      May 16, 2014

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