Los Angeles, CA
Trailblazer | 709 pts
This is a really lovely hike and it is somewhat challenging. The less steep route leaves the parking lot and veers to the right (as opposed to the left fork which is the steep and more challenging route). It travels through a green and lush forest with heavy moss draped over the trees, and then up to the rocky top. I would probably recommend this route instead of the steeper one, unless you really want a more challenging workout to the summit, where the panoramic views of the Willamette Valley, Coast Range, and Cascade Mountain Range are just fantastic. If you start at the Ridgetrail trailhead you may not realize that the hike is longer and more strenuous starting from that vantage point, involving a bit of rock scrambling. Taking the Ridgeline trail route is advantageous if you want to avoid the crowds of people and dogs, too. Either way, make sure you know which trail you are taking. This hike is close to Eugene and is totally worth the visit if you are in the area. I would recommend sunscreen and good shoes or hiking boots for the trail. There is a lot of poison oak along the way and at the top so look out for it. A bottle of water is an absolute must on this one.