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OR | Hike | Picturesque Willamette Valley Hike with a Surprise

Enjoy a beautiful walk/hike with panoramic views through prairie, oak savannah, and Doug fir forest with a surprise at the peak of the trip. Why is this area so valuable and special? According to The Nature Conservancy, “the Willamette Valley’s native oak and prairie habitats are among the most endangered in North America, harboring 189 species at risk of extinction, some of which occur nowhere else on Earth. Less than two percent of these original habitats survive, and what remains is subject to intense development pressures.”

So what’s the surprise on this hike? A story-book setting with a swing hanging from an ancient oak tree at the top of the hill overlooking the Willamette valley with a bench nearby! Watch the winding Coast Fork meet the Middle Fork of the Willamette River below through beautiful countryside with birds soaring overhead or migrating across the Southern Willamette valley from this hilltop perch. I’ve witnessed a bad Eagle soaring overhead at the hilltop multiple times. Why hire a local guide for this hike? I walk the trails regularly in this near to Eugene hiking area and can show you one of lesser traveled and more scenic and diverse routes in a maze of trails. The hike will be a little over 2 miles and has a moderate elevation gain. Price includes the required $5 parking pass.

Nearest City: Eugene, OR
Maximum Participants: 6
Seasonal Availability:
Dry-Season Only
Winter Only
Year-Round
Very Limited
State: Oregon
Start Time: Anytime
Meet-up Location: Meet up at the Albertsons parking lot at 30th and Hilyard. We will then drive about 10 minutes to the destination.
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Hard
Extreme
Duration:
1-2 Hours
2-4 Hours
4+ Hours
Minimum age of Participants:
No Children
0-5 Years
6-12 Years
13+ Years
About Me: I’ve enjoyed living in and exploring Oregon’s natural wonders for over 22 years. I’m a plant, mushroom, and rock enthusiast with plenty to keep me delighted right here in my home state. I like to slow down and take my time soaking in the experiences of forest hikes and destinations, taking pictures, and noticing plants, mushrooms and wildlife.
Provided Gear: filtered water to refill your water bottles.
Required Gear: In the rainy season, bring good hiking boots that will keep your feet dry. A rain jacket and rain pants are a good idea so you can stay dry if taking a seat on the bench or swing. When its dry out, trail sneakers are fine. Due to elevation, it can be cooler here than in the town, so layer up in cooler months. Please remember to bring your own water bottle.
Nice-To-Have Gear: Camera/phone
Dog Friendly:
Yes
No

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