Pioneer Hill Trail #1316

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail is a self guided tour through a bit of history of the area. It takes you on a discovery of the North Fork Trail, which later became the Mapleton Hill Road. As you walk the trail, you'll learn how it developed from a path cut by animals to a road that helped link Eugene and Florence. The road's colorful history includes a covered bridge that collapsed during a snowstorm, and Model T's crashing down steep embankments while trying to negotiate sharp switchbacks. The history of the original road makes it eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Today's trail covers a portion of the old trail, as well as part of the original road.

At a Glance

Permit Info: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Pioneer Hill Trailhead.
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Waldport Office

General Information


Access to this trail is at Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trailhead (fee site)


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.3 mb)

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  Area/Length : 
0.6 mile loop

  Elevation : 
400 to 600 feet