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Shale Ridge Trail #3567


The Shale Ridge Trail proceeds on a level grade and follows the drainage on a contour above Cedar Bog. It crosses the North Fork over a maze of logs and channels and then continues to follow the river for another 0.5 mile. It climbs steeply up a ridge via switchbacks and levels off along the ridge, offering good views. After about 0.5 mile, it leaves the ridge and climbs through the forest, crosses a meadow and meets Blair Lake Trail #3553. This trail offers access to a grove of giant old cedar trees just before crossing the river. Beyond Cedar Bog the river is very scenic and the views from the cliffs are very impressive. For those that do not want to cross the Bog, the hike to see the giant cedar trees is well worth the effort.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Medium
Water: North Fork and Middle Fork Willamette River - requires treatment
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

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Map of Shale Ridge trail

Crossing the North Fork channels at Cedar Bog can be difficult, even dangerous at high water. This is mosquito country, so be prepared for them during the early part of the season.

Horses cannot cross the river at Cedar Bog and therefore are limited to the distance from Aufderheide Scenic Byway.

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Difficulty Level: Difficult

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Difficulty Level: Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
3000 feet - 4500 feet