Santiam Wagon Road: Mountain House Section

This is the trail for accessing the Santiam Wagon Road from the farthest western end and is probably the most intact piece of the original Santiam Wagon Road, this segment will provide you with a true sense of early travel. The road parallels the South Santiam River and winds through lush old growth forests and crosses Elk Creek and several other tributaries to the South Santiam River along the way. Look for the old mill pond now grown in with red alder.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Weed Free Feed Required
Closest Towns: Sweet Home, OR
Water: Available at House Rock Campground during summer
Information Center: Sweet Home Ranger District
4431 Highway 20
Sweet Home, OR 97386

General Information


Space for 6 - 8 vehicles


From Sweet Home, Oregon follow Highway 20 for 25.4 miles to the Mountain House Trailhead.  When you see Soda Fork Road (Forest Service Road 2041) on your left, slow down and be ready to turn right into the trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
3.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
1400 feet - 1900 feet