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.