Old Growth Ridge National Recreation Trail

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.

Beginning in the Whittaker Creek Campground, the steep Old Growth Ridge Trail ascends 750 vertical feet over a mile’s length, topping out at a peekaboo viewpoint over the Siuslaw River. Benches and interpretive panels along the way allow a moment to catch one’s breath. A short spur trail descends slightly to a lightning-struck Douglas Fir tree. The unique site and setting of the Old Growth Ridge Trail and its newer Armantrout Loop segment make it nationally significant, earning it National Recreation Trail status.

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Point of Interest:

On the return from the top, take the Armantrout Loop Trail at Alden Glen trail junction. This 1.4-mile alternative has eight switchbacks to maintain a gentle grade on your way back to the trailhead.

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From Eugene, OR: Travel west on Highway 126 through the forested foothills of the Coast Range. Turn left on Siuslaw Road (about 40 miles). Travel 3 miles, watch for signs to the campground located on your right.

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