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Hiking and Hot Springs - Larison Creek and McCredie Hot Springs

A scenic trail that follows a small cove and forested creek.  Views of cascading waterfalls throughout the creek are visible from the trail.

Trail Info: Larison Creek is a 6 mile out and back, with 200' of elevation gain. The first 1.5 miles follows along Larison Cove, before going back into the woods for the next 1.5 miles, as the trail follows the creek. At the 3.0 mile mark there is a small waterfall and pool. Larison Creek is rated as easy, and can be found on page 198 in William L. Sullivan's Third Edition of "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades". Sullivan's books are well used by local hikers, and can be found at most REI stores, as well as Barnes and Noble.

Where: Larison Creek is located near Hills Creek Reservoir, just pass Oakridge. Larison Creek is about 52 miles from Eugene.  MCredie Hot Springs is located near milepost 45, along Highway 58.  There are also some hot springs on the other side of the creek.  Those you can get to by taking a forest road to the other side, and then hiking in along the creek.

When: Sunday, April 27.

Directions: From I-5 take Exit 188A for Oakridge. Follow HWY 58 through the small town of Oakridge. Just pass town, between milepost 37 and 38, turn right at the sign for Hills Creek Reservoir. After a half mile, turn right onto Road 21 for 3.3 miles. A hiker symbol will mark the trailhead on the right. There is a small parking lot on the other side of the cove, just up the road a bit, that also has a bathroom.

Details: We will hike in 1.5 miles to the far end of the cove, where we will take a short break. After the short break we will continue 1.5 miles to the small waterfall and pool, to enjoy a lunch and the scenery. After enjoying our lunches, taking some pictures, and relaxing a bit, we will return the 3.0 miles back to the cars and and the trailhead. After the hike, those that want to relax in the hot springs will take the road back to HWY 58, and take a right and head about 8 miles up the highway to a large parking lot on the right. The hot springs are located down a short path from the parking lot, following the creek. Those that would like to just head home or grab dinner in Oakridge can do so. After soaking in the hot springs, we will enjoy a dinner together in Oakridge and make our way back home.

Contact: Matthew Howell - (541)[masked]

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

Requirements and Suggestions: All hikers must bring at least two liters of water with them for the hike along with snacks or a lunch. I know some hikers feel comfortable hiking with less water, but it's what I'm asking of those going. I have had to deal with unprepared individuals on hikes, so I always make sure other hikers are well hydrated and carry some type of food. Thank you for the understanding. I highly recommend quick drying clothing, such as synthetics, and avoiding all cotton, as it is worthless once wet. Please dress in layers, and bring a layer of insulation, such as a fleece jacket or light down, and rain gear. Pack a small lunch along with some snacks that are high in protein. It will help you along for the endurance of the hike. Waterproof hiking boots or shoes are highly recommended, and a spare pair of socks in your pack is always a wise choice. Remember to pack your 10 Essentials as well.

Carpooling: We will carpool from Best Buy, so those needing rides please bring money to chip in for gas and the parking fee. Hopefully we can take just two or three cars, due to the small amount of parking at the trailhead.

Parking and Regulations: Larison Creek requires the Northwest Forest Pass at the trailhead. This pass is available for $30 at REI and other sporting goods stores. It covers your parking at most trailheads throughout the Northwest for one full year. A day fee of $5 for those without the pass, but the trailhead may be missing the dropbox for the fee. So the Northwest Forest Pass would be the safest way to go.

Disclaimer: McCredie Hot Springs is a clothing optional hot spring, that is along Salt Creek. They have added restrooms and a better parking lot, and more improvements are planned for the future.  You can now use the restrooms for changing of clothing.  There are also more hot springs on the other side of the creek.  With it being a clothing optional hot spring, nudity is common. Those choosing to enjoy the hot springs, I ask that you respect those around you, as well as those in the group. Please be considerate and respectful as we share the hot springs. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you would like.


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  • Matthew H.

    Thank you everyone that went. It was a great trip. I'm glad that things went so well with the allowed time we had to enjoy both the hike and the hot springs. I really enjoyed seeing the looks on everyone's faces when seeing the waterfalls and all the new surroundings. That is why I love to hike and share places with others. Wonderful hike, and I had an amazing time at the hot springs afterwards. It was quite relaxing and made the perfect ending to the day. I hope to do this again soon. Enjoyed seeing new faces and making new friends.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • claire b.

      gah!!!!! I wanna go next time!

      1 · April 28, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      There will be more trips to come. Still a lot of places left to see. Not sure when I will be doing this same trip again. I try to get in a few new trips, before going back to the same spot.

      April 29, 2014

  • Kurt N.

    Hey Matt, thanks for organizing this hike/ hotsprings soak. Good on ya!

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      You're welcome, Kurt. Glad you were able to join us. Great times!

      April 29, 2014

  • Berri H.

    It was so nice to meet everyone. Well done on the organization Matt! The weather sure was on our side.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks for coming, Berri, and for the compliment. Greatly appreciated. Hope to see you again soon.

      April 29, 2014

  • Kurt N.

    Hi Berri and JJ, it's 6 degrees of separation that JJ and I worked at McMurdo Station about the same time. I look forward to seeing you on more outings. Kurt[masked]

    April 27, 2014

  • Giddy M.

    I am actually going to Breteinbush hot springs to work for a week. So I can't make it this hike, but look forward to meeting everyone on another adventure!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    I'm really looking forward to this hike and trip to the hot springs. I have gone up to the hot springs a few times lately to check the water levels and to enjoy a good relaxing soak. The pools are looking great, on both sides of the creek. A friend did some work on the rock walls, so the pools are deeper now and also hotter. Before, some of the creek water had flooded the pools. Be sure to pack a towel and water for the hot springs. I can bring a small cooler. I don't want anyone getting light headed after being in the springs for a long time.

    April 25, 2014

  • Berri H.

    Sorry! Not sure how to use my phone to write posts apparently. Just want to confirm it's a go rain or shine, right?

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Yes. I hike in the rain as well. If the trail is very muddy, we can head to the hot springs early. I don't like tearing up hiking trails when they are muddy. Thanks for asking.

      April 24, 2014

  • claire b.

    Bus does not run this early on Sunday. and I can't keep taking a cab. too expensive. hopefully can sign up for something soon when the meet up is scheduled later in the morning. looking forward to coastal activities.

    April 23, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      For trips, just post on here that you need a ride. Someone most likely can pick you up on the way. As for time of trips, as the days get longer, so will the trips. I try to use as much of the day to enjoy being outdoors. I will keep in mind the bus schedules.

      April 24, 2014

  • Berri H.

    I look forward to this hike and meeting everyone. I love the little brewery at Oakridge. However, there is a Pacific Film festival this weekend and I want to make it back to the showing of a film that features Taiwanese cuisine at the old Bijou. In case if you are interested in checking this out: http://cinemapacific.uoregon.edu/

    April 23, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      I also enjoy the Brewers Union quite a bit. We will see how we are doing on time for everything. I will be picking up Vega on my way to Best Buy in the morning. I plan on doing the hike and the hot springs. If time allows, some food and drinks at the Brewers Union. I have mentioned down below that I hope everyone knows we are trying to get a lot done in the day, and need to cover some ground.

      April 23, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    Estimated times for the trip: Meet at Best Buy before 8:00AM. Leave as soon as possible, after arranging carpool and meeting each other. I hope to arrive at the trailhead by 9:30AM. We will hike in to the small waterfall and hopefully take our lunch from 11:00AM to 11:30AM. Back to the car around 1:00PM. Hot springs from about 1:30PM to 3:30PM. Those that want to head straight home can. Those that want to stop in Oakridge to enjoy a restaurant together can as well. These times are just suggested estimates.

    April 22, 2014

  • Bill K.

    Yes, I'm coming. Not too grueling hike and bit of a soak. Sounds good to me.

    April 21, 2014

  • Laura

    Matthew,

    The hike sounds fine, the pace looks very do-able and I look forward to going!

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    I plan on hiking in three miles, taking a lunch, and then hiking back out three miles, followed by going to the hot springs. In order to do this, I will need those wanting to go to be able to cover two to three miles an hour. This hike is quite level, with some ups and downs near creek crossings. I wasn't able to go as far as planned on this hike before, due to a slower pace. So to fit in what I'm hoping to enjoy for the day, please be able to cover the ground needed that we can also enjoy the hot springs afterwards. Also, the Brewers Union in Oakridge is a great place to go to after a good hike and soak in the hot springs.

    April 14, 2014

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