We recently celebrated Endurance Physical Therapy’s three year anniversary of being in business (yes! 3 years already!) To honor this milestone, we hiked the gorgeous Silver Falls. We jogged and/or walked the 8.6 miles and saw all ten waterfalls. We were even able to go behind four of them! Because we loved our hiking adventure so much, and because it’s officially summer, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight a few of our favorite Willamette Valley hikes!
Some of these we have had the privilege to experience and some we hope to visit in the future. We are so fortunate to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, especially in oh-so-green Oregon. This list sticks to Willamette Valley hikes, meaning they are just a short drive away!
Check out these awesome Willamette Valley hikes:
#1 Trail of Ten Falls, Silver Falls
We were just there, so we have to mention this beauty! Silver Falls, known for its Trail of Ten Falls, is located in Sublimity (near Salem) and has the second highest concentration of waterfalls in Oregon! Aside from the stunning waterfalls, you will see a wide variety of wildflowers throughout the hike. Picturesque is an understatement!
#2 Spencer Butte
Easy to Moderate Difficulty
If you want to keep it local, Spencer Butte is a great option. Because of its proximity to Eugene, it’s an easy way to get a workout in or soak in gorgeous views in a short amount of time. There are various trails you can take to get to the top. If you’re coming from the main parking lot, take one of two trails: a main trail that is longer with a gradual ascent, and a steep trail with a short ascent. Choose your difficulty level; both trails will lead you to a glorious look at Eugene and beyond.
#3 Fall Creek Trail
Also close to Eugene, the Fall Creek Trail is a fantastic hike, especially if you enjoy swimming holes! Whether you’re hiking the creek to take a dip, or just getting a little exercise, you will enjoy beautiful views during the entire trail. The trail follows the creek, and is mostly even throughout, which makes it a fairly low-impact hike. This is a summer-must!
#4 Row River National Recreation Trail
Located near Cottage Grove, this paved trail is great for hiking or biking! It’s a 15.6 mile trail with various access points. Throughout your journey, you will see urban settings, along with farm lands and riverbanks. This trail is especially fun for those that enjoy viewing historical landmarks, like the covered bridges, built in the mid-1900s!
#5 Abiqua Falls
Abiqua Falls is located in Scotts Mills, and is not far from Silver Falls (mentioned above). The 92-foot waterfall is surrounded by gorgeous ferns and other plants. Because it is difficult to find, discovering it is especially rewarding! The hike is relatively easy, but make sure to check for trail closures. Truthfully, that’s a great precaution for any hike!
Have you hiked one of these trails before? Send us your pictures! What are your favorite Willamette Valley hikes? Let us know! Happy summer!