The West Cascades National Scenic Byway.
French Pete Hiking Trail.
Hiking late August on the FS 19, the “Aufderheide”, a scenic byway.
French Pete Trail is 3 miles one way although one can choose how far to go or not go. Just turn around and come back. If you elect to hike the three miles, the trail climbs from 1840′ to 2000′. The creek is pristine and the water lovely although it must be treated for drinking, The trail can be hiked during winter if there’s little snow. It’s one of the popular hiking trails, so use is heavy. The Forest Service rates it as moderately difficult.
The hiking trail is located on the last segment of the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. This short little trip offers much that is beautiful, give yourself plenty of time for the drive and any excursions you might want to take. Directions to French Pete Hiking Trail: Head east from Springfield, Oregon on Hwy 126. After you see the signs for Blue River, start looking for Forest Road 19 on your right. Turn onto 19, drive 11 miles to French Pete Trailhead. Located on your left. You’ll see much to excite before arriving here. So take your time. The south McKenzie is lovely. There’s Cougar Reservoir, Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs, admittance of $5.00 per person required, paid at the booth at the trailhead. If you’re interested in a short hike, but one that includes trees 650 years old, stop at Delta Campground, just .25 mile on Forest Service Road 19 after turning off from Hwy 126. Drive 1 mile into the campground. Park in the parking lot at the trailhead. The trail is a loop of only .5 mile, and certainly worth every effort. 🙂
Protect our National Forests and Wilderness Areas. Leave NO Trace.
Check with the US Forest Service on fires danger, roads and other conditions
in the forest before setting out on your journey.
Forward ~ Waterfall on the South McKenzie River on the Aufderheide
of the West Cascades National Scenic Byway.
Back ~ Hiking in autumn on the McKenzie River
National Recreation Trail.
USFS: Willamette National Forest.
Brad and I invite you to explore the West Cascades National Scenic Byway: Travel Directions, Map: page 1 and page 2, and Scenery: offering mountains, hardened lava flows, wild and scenic rivers, waterfalls, hiking trails, hot springs, old growth forests, mountain lakes, forest service campgrounds.
You may want to extend the West Cascades National Scenic Byway Tour to include the Willamette Pass in the Cascade Mountains: Travel Directions, Map and Scenery and the Crescent Lake, Oakridge “Inback” Tour: Travel Directions and Map.
Travel Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light … a retreat
located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake National Park.
Travel to Gathering Light …. a retreat on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway: Directions, Map and Scenery: hiking trails, waterfalls, wild and scenic rivers, mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, Oregon scenic byways, wilderness areas and more.
Travel Directions to and Day Trips of about 100 miles from the retreat.
Little known Scenic Places to explore and photograph nature
untrammeled: hiking with and without trails, wetlands, wildlife refuges, mountains, river gorges, wilderness areas and more near Crater Lake and the retreat: Travel Directions Map and Scenery.