North Fork Willamette River

OutAndBack • 5 mi • 0 ft

A short, round-trip day hike into the Waldo Lake Wilderness. This is a perfect trail for families as the trail is flat and easy to hike. In less than 2 miles you’ll enter a grove of ancient cedar trees. Some of the aged western redcedars seen today are more than 800 years old. Northwest Coast Indians used trees like these for totem poles, lodges, and canoes. In fact, the trees were also known as “canoe-cedar.” Native Americans made special war canoes by hollowing out the massive cedar trunks. They also used cedar for boxes, helmets, batons, and many other items. Modern people found many uses as well: items include fenceposts, utility poles, roof shingles, and boats. Special attractions: Old-growth forest; ancient cedar trees; wildlife.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oakridge
Length: 5 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April though November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,100 feet
Local Contacts: Oakridge Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Waldo Mountain; Waldo Lake Wilderness map
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