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.