Improvements Coming to Road 19 and Terwilliger Hot Springs

Contact(s): McKenzie River Ranger District, 541-822-3381


The Willamette National Forest is making improvements to Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs and Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive). Aufderheide Drive connects Highway 58 near Oakridge/Westfir to Highway 126 near Rainbow/McKenzie Bridge.

The work at Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs stems from an event several years ago. At that time, a large rock dislodged from the bank above the top pool at the hot springs. Stabilization of that site had to occur in stages and this year, reconstruction of the top pool will be completed. The site will be closed on May 22 and 23.  

Right now, visitors who want to get to the hot spring can get there from Highway 58. Current access to the hot spring from the Highway 126 (north) side of Road 19 continues to be blocked by a large landslide deposit. Progress in clearing the landslide deposit continues: the first stage was completed in early May; we are awaiting permits to haul the material off the site and then rebuild the road. Visitors can stay abreast of our progress via our website, Facebook, or Twitter sites.

This summer’s improvements to Forest Service Road 19 will take place from where the road meets Highway 126 up the hill to Forest Service Road 1958, near Box Canyon. These improvements will result in road closures and delays. The bulk of the work will occur between July 1 and August 2. Motorists should expect complete closures Monday through Thursdays and up to 60-minute delays on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  

The repairs will be implemented in discrete sections, so some sites may open as the construction moves north down the hill toward the Highway 126. At some point during this construction, access to all campgrounds from Cougar Crossing to Box Canyon will be closed including:  French Pete, Hard Rock, Red Diamond, and Roaring River. Similarly, access will be closed to trail heads including French Pete, Rebel, and Roaring Ridge South. Visitors to Indian Ridge Lookout will have to come up Quartz Creek Road (2618) and follow the 2618-247 spur road into the lookout. The construction will be implemented in sections, so some sites may open as the construction moves north toward Highway 126

While the exact timing of the work is difficult to predict, the currently proposed closure dates and locations are:

From the intersection of road 19 and road 1958 down the hill to the intersection of road 19 and road 1985:

  • July 9 at 8am through July 12 at 5pm
  • July 16 at 8am through July 19 at 5pm

From the intersection of road 19 and road 1985jct down the hill to the intersection of road 19 and road 1900-410:

  • July 23rd at 8am through July 26 at 5pm

From the intersection of road 19 and road 1985jct down the hill to the intersection of road 19 and road 1993:

  • July 30 at 8am through August 2 at 5pm

To view the latest updates on trails and roads visit our website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/willamette or follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/willamettenf/, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/willametteNF. For more information, call the McKenzie Ranger District at (541) 822-3381.





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