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Hiking - Eagles Rest

  • Best Buy - Springfield

    3300 Gateway Street, Springfield, OR (map)

    44.081390 -123.041801

  • Willamette Valley Outdoors invites you to join us for an enjoyable trail that offers a great view on a clear day of the Lost Creek Valley, near Dexter.

    Trail Info: Eagles Rest is a 5.0 mile out and back hike with 1422' of elevation gain. The trail is rated as moderate, and can be found on page 193, as part of the extended Goodman Creek hike, in William L. Sullivan's Third Edition of "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades", which is available from most REI stores, as well as Barnes and Noble.

    Where: Eagles Rest is located just before milepost 21 on HWY 58, near Lowell, about 30 miles from Eugene.

    When: Sunday, August 10th.

    Directions: Heading South on I-5, take Exit 188A, for Oakridge. Follow HWY 58 for 20 miles and then turn right at Goodman Creek Road, which is also Road 5833. Follow this road about 3.5 miles to a trailhead and small parking lot on the right. The trailhead is from the parking lot. Mapquest puts the drive from the 76 station to the trailhead at 29.28 miles.

    Mapquest Directions: http://mapq.st/K05AMR

    Details: I plan on hiking in 1.5 miles to the Ash Swale Shelter, where we will take a short break and enjoy some snacks. We will then continue another mile up the trail as it begins to climb some, up to a viewpoint of the valley below. On the summit I plan to take some pictures, enjoy a small afternoon lunch, and then head back down. The trail traverses through second growth Douglas fir and also a marsh of skunk cabbage near the shelter.

    Contact: Matthew Howell - (541)[masked]

    Forest Service: Middle Fork Ranger District - (541)[masked]

    Requirements and Suggestions: I require that all hikers bring enough water to last them longer than a 5.0 mile hike. I also highly recommend light, quick drying clothing and dressing in layers. A good pair of water resistant hiking boots or shoes are also highly recommended. Please avoid wearing cotton, as it is a hydrophilic fabric, meaning it loves water. Once cotton gets wet it loses its insulating value and will not keep you warm. It also takes longer to dry. Bring along a few snacks and your 10 Essentials in a day pack for the hike.

    10 Essentials:

    Navigation - Map, compass, and possibly a GPS.

    Hydration - Water, container, and either a filter or iodine tablets.

    Nutrition - Food, snacks, containing protein, and calories.

    Sun Protection - Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, lip balm.

    Insulation - Hat and gloves, warm jacket, extra layers (non cotton).

    Warmth - Lighter or matches. Firestarter or stove and fuel.

    Illumination - Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.

    First Aid - For you and your gear. Bandages, knife, medicine, duct tape.

    Shelter - Emergency blanket in case you are out longer than expected.

    Whistle - Great for communication, or emergency signaling.

    Carpooling: We will meet at Best Buy, just off I-5, to set up carpools. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are willing to drive. Those that need rides, please be willing to chip in for gas money and wear and tear of the driver's vehicle.

    Parking and Regulations: Eagles Rest does not require the Northwest Forest Pass. There is a large parking lot near the trailhead, that has restrooms.

    Dogs are welcomed, and must be on leash no longer than 6 feet. Owners are responsible for picking up after their dog, having adequate food and water for their dog, and making sure others are comfortable around with the dog in their presence. If I feel there is any problems along the way, I will address the person. Every hike is to be enjoyed by all that attend, and I intend to do my best to make sure everyone has a great experience.

    Hope to see you on the trail.

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