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Thurston Hills--secret hiking gem in Springfield

Thurston Hills is a secret gem that 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 on a clear day. 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 oak. With recent rain, it may also be muddy in some parts, especially one steep incline. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Bring a snack to share with your new friends. You may want something to protect yourself from mosquitoes with insect repellent. Bring plenty of water for yourself. Weather forecast is for rain in the morning. It may very well continue in the afternoon. Dress appropriately for any weather that may come. I usually have a no-cotton clothing requirement for my long hikes. This time it's just a suggestion but it's a good time to start a safety habit.

I do not allow dogs on my longer hikes but for this short one, well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Owners must keep them under control and be considerate of humans and other dogs.

It's summer now but there will probably still be wildflowers in addition to the great views.

You can see a trail map here:

Or watch a video I shot on this trail here:

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:

This is the trailhead parking:

See you at the trailhead.


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  • Nancy

    I am sorry I missed this. I would have liked to have gone. I would like to hear more about this hiking spot.

    July 1, 2014

  • susan t.

    Perfect short hike close in.

    June 28, 2014

  • susan t.

    For those of you that need more. Walk the trail from Clearwater Lane along the river before or after. Very nice paved trail for everyone to enjoy. It goes all the way to Doris Ranch. Clearwater Lane is off of Jasper road just East of 42nd Street. I won't be able to do this extra, but thought others might enjoy a bonus walk.

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds awesome for a close in-town hike! I'll stop by on my way home from work!!!

    June 27, 2014

  • Bill K.

    Sandor; Well isn't that a bummer. I'm already going on another hike with Richard and group a the same time.

    June 27, 2014

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