Little North Santiam Trail #3338


Little North Santiam Trail

The trail meanders along the picturesque Little North Santiam River through young and older Douglas-Fir forest.

Several cascading waterfalls, deep emerald pools and a spectacular gorge with towering rock walls can be seen along the trail. There are seven rustic log footbridges along the trail.

The newest one crosses Little Cedar Creek which is closest to the Shady Cove side trailhead, built in 2013 by the Santiam River Zone Trail Crew.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Gates and Mill City, Oregon
Water: Water from streams should be filtered.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Little N Santiam River, East Trailhead.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


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General Notes:

Map of Little North Santiam trailUse caution and supervise children and pets closely when traveling off of the main trail. Slippery rocks, uneven terrain, steep banks and cliffs are natural hazards that can be very dangerous.

Access from Shady Cove Campground trailhead provides an easy hike for about 2 miles.

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Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
1300 feet - 1600 feet