Now that the weather has changed towards spring it is time to do some more hiking adventures. This is a new hike for us, with a bonus that it is still fairly close to Eugene, and there is a waterfall near the end of the hike. For me this is a very easy hike. Not so much for Staci. She didn’t yell at me at least this time. I normally do almost this much during my lunch hour at work. Granted that is walking on pavement though. The path is nice and wide as it meanders through the forest. The path was very muddy in spots. As it dries out this would be a great hike to take kids on. Not too steep and lots of wildflowers and scenic forest to explore.
Goodman creek Trail: A well wooded trail that runs along side an inlet. After a brief climb, the trail crosses a few small creek beds before taking you through tall trees and fern lined views. Just short of two miles in, you will come across a small waterfall, that is very rewarding to your hike. Continue to the right just a few hundred yards to a large log bridge and Goodman Creek. Great picnic spot and turn around.
- Distance: 4 miles round trip
- Elevation gain: 300 feet
- Difficulty rating (in alltrails): Medium (easy must be flat only)
How to get there: Take HWY 58 off I-5, just south of Eugene. As you approach Dexter Lake, and the small town of Lowell, keep your eyes out for a turnoff between mile post 20 and 21. There is a decent size parking lot to the south side of the road. The trail head is near the road and the sign will read Hardesty Trail, with mileage for Goodman Creek Trail junction as well. After a short hike through the trees, you will come to the junction for Hardesty Mountain going to the left, and a right going to Goodman Creek Trail. The waterfall is before you get to a log bridge across the creek.