Hiking Close to Home

Living in Oregon, I am truly blessed to have so many places to hike within 10 to 30 miles of my house. Not only do I get to prepare for hunting season by climbing the steep and varied terrain often found in Oregon, I also get to enjoy the beautiful scenery that the state has to offer, including its many species of flora and fauna.

A month ago I happened to come across an area near town that should be on a map of Eugene hiking hotspots, but at first glance appears to see little human use. While not a long or advanced hike, it is varied enough for both beginner and experienced hikers to enjoy.

At the end of  a long day of work  I called my friend Jodi Scott from Tacticool22 to see if he wanted to join me, and we headed out of town around 6:00 PM. Once at the trailhead, we started our hike around 6:30 PM with plenty of light left. Our goal was to hit the top of the mountain before sunset, and hike out while there was still a little light left.

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The Hike Up

If you stay on the trail, you’ll come up about mid-way up the mountain, but we decided to cut downhill toward the bottom of the mountain, as we wanted a little more challenging hike.

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Looking Back After Initial Climb

What I found was absolutely amazing: oceans of green grass, springs flowing down the mountain, deer roaming everywhere, signs of recent coyote activity, various flora, and breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

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Yellow Flowers with Red Dots

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Small Red Flowers

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Flowers On Rock Edge

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Hooked White Flower

Between 7:30 and 8:00, the deer started appearing on the edge of the forest to feed, including a pair of bucks that were just starting to show a little antler growth.

Bucks Starting to Grow Their Antlers

New Antler Growth

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Deer Coming Out of Forest

Because we were losing light and I kept stopping to take pictures, we only made it a short distance past the mid-way point.

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Mid-way Up the Trail

By then we were able to enjoy the sunset. While not extraordinary, it was a great way to end the day.

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Beautiful Sunset

Oregon Hiking Links

Here are just a few links to get you started hiking in Oregon.

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About the Author

Jeremy Henricks

Jeremy Henricks

Jeremy Henricks is a fanatic when it comes to hunting blacktail deer and elk in his home state of Oregon. He is also the editor of Pursue The Outdoors.