Willamette National Forest

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Larison Rock Trail #3623

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to road 21. Follow for 1/4 mile to junction with Road 5852 - just across bridge turn right. Follow 5852 for 4 miles to trailhead on left.
Upper Trailhead: Proceed as above to road 21. Follow Road 21 for about 3/4 mile to road 2102, turn right. Follow road 2102 for about 5 miles to trailhead on right.
Elevation: 1300 Ft. elevation at junction with Road 5852. 3700 Ft. elevation at top of Larison Rock.
Length: 4 miles
Difficulty: More difficult (from lower trailhead)
Horse Suitability: Good.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Good.
Motorcycle Suitability: Good.
Vegetation: The forest is dominated by old-growth Douglas-fir with cedar, western hemlock, madrone, and dogwood; Rhododendron and vine maple, ferns, salal, and Oregon grape predominate on the forest floor.
Points of Interest: From Larison Rock there is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Rigdon and Oakridge districts; the Three Sisters and Diamond Peak.
Consider: Trail sections are often muddy in the winter and spring months.
Season: Entire year

Youngs Rock Trail #3685

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for about 20 miles to Camper's Flat Campground and trailhead. To reach upper trailhead, proceed about 17 miles on Road 21 to Road 2129; turn left. Follow Road 2129 about 3 miles to trailhead.
Length: 6 miles
Difficulty: More difficult
Horse Suitability: Excellent.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Fair.
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed.
Vegetation: Youngs Rock Trail gradually climbs through open mature stands of Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and incense cedar.
Points of Interest: The trail parallels or passes through several open, grassy meadows with views of Diamond Peak, Sawtooth Mtn. and Dome Rock.
Consider: Trail is closed to motorcycle use. The trail is also within sight and sound of road activities.
Season: Entire year.

Middle Fork Trail #3609

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for 11 miles to a spur road just past the junction of Roads 21 and 2120. Turn right on Road 21-016 and follow hiker symbols to trailhead. Or from the junction of Roads 21 and 2127, 4.5 miles beyond Sand Prairie Campground, park on the wide shoulder adjacent to the bridge crossing the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Additional access points are Indigo Springs campground, Chuckle Springs Trail #3614, on Road 2134, Sacandaga Campground, on Road 2143 or at the bridge on Road 2153.
Length: 25 miles
Difficulty: Easier
Horse Suitability: Good.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Fair.
Motorcycle Suitability: Fair.
Vegetation: The trail winds through riparian habitat of mixed conifers, cottonwood, and big leaf maple.
Consider: A riverside environment in a high use, easily accessible area, within sight and sound of road activity.
Season: Entire year on lower segments.

Windy Pass Trail #3643

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for 32 miles to junction with Road 2154; turn left. Follow 2154 for 10 miles to junction with Road 372; turn left. Follow 372 for about 1 mile to trailhead.
Elevation: 6500 Ft. elevation at junction with Windy Pass South Trail. 5700 Ft. elevation at junction with Road 372.
Length: 8.6 miles
Difficulty: More difficult
Horse Suitability: Excellent.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Fair.
Motorcycle Suitability: Poor.
Vegetation: Windy Pass Trail passes through mountain hemlock and true fir forests to the bases of Cowhorn and Sawtooth Mountains.
Season: July through September.

Indigo Lake Trail #3649

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for 32 miles to Road 2154; turn left. Follow Road 2154 for 12 miles to Timpanogas Campground. Follow spur Road from Campground to trailhead.
Elevation: 5300 Ft. elevation at Timpanogas Campground. 5900 Ft. elevation at Indigo Lake.
Length: 1.9 miles
Difficulty: Easier
Horse Suitability: Excellent.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Excellent.
Motorcycle Suitability: Excellent.
Vegetation: There are several swampy meadows of considerable size along the route. Vegetation includes mountain hemlock and silver fir.
Consider: Near primitive forest improvement with minimal outside influences and a good opportunity for solitude. Beautiful campground at the lake has tables, fireplaces and pit toilet. Good fishing.
Season: July through October.

Moon Point Trail #3688

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for 18 miles to junction Road 2129, turn left. Follow Road 2129 for about 9 miles to trailhead on right.
Elevation: 5100 Ft. elevation at junction with forest Road 2129. 5158 Ft. elevation at Moon Point.
Length: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Horse Suitability: Fair.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Good.
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed.
Vegetation: This trail goes through rolling, well-watered slopes of Douglas-fir and grand fir and Mt. Hemlock. Dispersed with grassy meadows, some are covered with vine maple.
Points of Interest: This is considered a Special Interest Area because of the botanical features.
Consider: Trail is often wet.
Season: June through October.

Larison Creek Trail #3646

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow for 3.3 miles to trailhead on right.
Elevation: 1600 Ft. elevation at the intersection with Road 21 climbing to 3100 Ft. at the intersection with Road 2118.
Length: 6.3 Miles
Difficulty: Easy
Horse Suitability: Excellent.
Mnt. Bike Suitability: Excellent.
Motorcycle: Closed.
Vegetation: Trail side vegetation includes old growth Douglas-fir, hemlock, western red and incense cedars, vine maple, bigleaf maple and ceonothus.
Points of Interest: Lush-green vegetation along creek. Dispersed campsites 2 miles up the cove. A pit toilet located there also.
Consider: Trail closed to motorcycle use. Clearcuts adjacent to the trail in the upper 2 mile section. The trail offers a good mountain bike loop by utilizing the road. Some muddy sections on the trail during winter.
Season: All year.

June Lake Trail #3639

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow road 21 for 32 miles to Road 2154; turn left. Follow Road 2154 for 12 miles to Timpanogas Campground. Follow spur road from campground to trailhead.
Elevation: 5400 Ft. elevation at Timpanogas campground. 5700 ft. elevation at June Lake.
Length: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Horse Suitability: Excellent.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Excellent.
Motorcycle Suitability: Excellent.
Vegetation: Trail passes through high elevation forest of silver fir, mountain hemlock, and white pine. Dwarf huckleberry is the predominate ground cover on this pumice soil.
Consider: Near primitive forest environment with minimal outside influences and good opportunity for solitude. Fair to good fishing.
Season: July through October.

Sawtooth Trail #3634

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for 32 miles to Road 2154; turn left. Follow Road 2154, 12 miles to Timpanogas Campground to Indigo Lake Trail about 1/4 to start of Sawtooth trail.
Elevation: 5600 Ft. elevation at junction with indigo Lake Trail. 6600 Ft. elevation at junction with Windy Pass Trail.
Length: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Most difficult
Horse Suitability: Fair.
Mnt Bike Suitability: Poor.
Motorcycle Suitability: Poor.
Vegetation: Through open stands of true fir, pine and mountain hemlock this trail follows increasingly steep uphill grades.
Consider: Trail tread grades reach 60% making this a hike for experienced hikers in excellent condition.
Season: July through October.

Start O' Willamette #3642

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right onto Road 21. Follow Road 21 for 32 miles to Road 2154; turn left. Follow Road 2154 for 12 miles to Timpanogas Lake Campground. Access is 0.2 mile north on the Timpanogas Lake Trail.
Elevation: 5300 ft. at junction of Timpanogas Lake trail, 5700 ft. at junction of the Windy Pass Trail.
Length: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Horse Suitability: Excellent.
Mtn. Bikes Suitability: Excellent.
Motorcycle Suitability: Good.
Vegetation: This trail leaves the shoreline of Timpanogas Lake, which is dominated with huckleberry. There are fairly dense stands of mountain hemlock and silver fir. The trail reaches the Windy Pass Trail with a small lake that is a nice stop for a break.
Consider: Trail is also accessed from the Windy Pass Trail off Road 372.
Season: July through October.

Dome Rock #3644/Staley Ridge #3677

Access: From Highway 58 turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. Turn right to Road 21. Follow Road 21 for about 20 miles to Road 2134; turn right. Follow Road 2134 about 12 miles to Road 250; turn right. Follow Road 250 about 3 miles to Road 251; turn right and follow Road 251 to trailhead.
Elevation: 5500 Ft. to 5730 at top of Big Dome Rock.
Length: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Horse Suitability: Excellent on Staley Ridge; Fair on Dome Rock Trail
Mountain Bike Suitability: Good.
Motorcycle Suitability: Good.
Vegetation: Dense stands of old growth incense cedar, hemlock, and true firs. Wildflowers abound in the spring.
Point of Interest: From the top of Dome Rock there is a 360-degree view that offers beautiful vistas to the south and west. The Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Yoran, Diamond Peak, Cowhorn Mountain, Sawtooth Mtn. and Mt. Bailey can all be seen from the top.
Consider: Loose gravel, poor traction for scramble up Dome Rock.
Season: July through October 1


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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