I first stumbled upon this hike a few years ago with my nephews, and we have gone back each year. It is lush and green, and follows Sweet Creek the entirety of the hike. There are so many places you can veer off the trail and picnic or rest right by the water. Plus, it’s a perfect stop on the way to the beach.
Take Hwy 126 west toward Florence. At (just before) the Siuslaw Bridge in Mapleton (46 miles from Eugene), leave Hwy 126 and drive south on Sweet Creek Rd for 11 miles to the Homestead Trailhead.
Hours: None specifically stated
Parking: Well marked parking lot
Passes Needed: NONE
Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 350 ft
Bathrooms: Vault Toilet
Trail: Damp dirt trail, wooden bridges, canyon wall “cat-walk”
Cell Service: None
Potential Dangers: None (unless you wade in the water then the rocks could be slippery and the current could be quick – use caution if you go in the water.)
Safe to Hike Alone: YES
Animals: Dogs must be on a leash
Carrier: Deuter Kid Comfort II
Kid Shoes: Hikers or Keens
In the pack: Water & Snacks
I have only ever packed my little in the backpack. I’m sure the Ergo would do just fine, but the backpack always seemed more comfortable AND I was often the only adult, so this allowed me to carry her and have storage for my wallet, keys, snacks, waters, etc. This summer, my littlest will walk on her own.
- It is short and easy
- It is gorgeous
- Lots of places to sit along the creek
Grab a friend and go explore this trail. Leave a comment when you have gone - I would love to know what you guys thought of this hidden gem!
Jenna is mama to two awesome kids, a boy & a girl. They explore Lane County's hills & mountains on a regular basis. See all of Jenna's Hike Mom Hike posts here.