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.


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.


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.


Yellow Flowers with Red Dots


Small Red Flowers


Flowers On Rock Edge


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


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.


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.


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.