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.