Only in Oregon: Roaring Ridge Trail #3312
The lightly used Roaring Ridge Trail in the Willamette National Forest takes you 2.9 miles through old growth Douglas fir and cedar trees.
It crosses the Roaring River, which lives up to its name as it emerges from underground and rushes to join the waters in the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.
There is some elevation gain, but it's worth the effort for occasional river views and the natural solitude.
For just $30, you and up to 49 of your closest friends could reserve the nearby Roaring River group campground from May to October. You'll need to bring your own water though.
This is one of the many great paces along the Aufderheide Scenic Drive from Westfir off Highway 58 to Blue River on Highway 126. The Middle Fork and Blue River Ranger Stations have a free CD you can play while you drive that opens your eyes to the many points of interest you'll see along the way. Return the CD when you finish your trip.
The drive is also popular with motorcyclists and bicyclists. A nice video shows some of the highlights from a bicyclist's point of view. The seasonal road is closed from October to April, due to heavy snows. Contact the Willamette National Forest Middle Fork Ranger Station for current road conditions and closures. This is a beautiful drive any time, but especially in the fall when the leaves turn color and drop gently to the ground.
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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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