Hiking

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The Willamette National Forest has about 1,700 miles of trail. While many are in wilderness areas, a number of trails are low-elevation, easy-access trails for year-round hiking.

Four scenic low-elevation trails have been designated as National Recreation Trails. Three of them, Fall Creek, McKenzie River, and Middle Fork Willamette trails, are located within 60 miles of Eugene, and the fourth, the South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail, is located 60 miles east of Salem.

The Willamette has eight wilderness areas, most of which are near major mountain peaks in the Oregon Cascades. While trail maps on this website give you an idea of the length and difficulty of wilderness trails, they are NOT adequate to prepare you for a wilderness trip. Each year several people get lost while hiking in the wilderness. Be sure to have a good, detailed map and compass!