Best Western Oakridge Inn
47433 Highway 58, Oakridge, Oregon, 97463, United States
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Toffee presents Willamette Pass and Odell Lake
Gully on Mt Yoran - gain the top and up left ridge
Toffee flashing her happy 'turnaround' smile!
Climbers slowly climbing the gully on Mt Yoran
Travel Tips for Oakridge
Home of the Lost Wagon Train
They have this little wagon out in the parking lot at the grocery store on highway 58. I was looking around online trying to figure out who got lost. Every time I drive through Oakridge, the clouds are welling up in the valley like that. It is lovely.
Rock Face at Salt Creek Falls
I thought the rocks were neat at Salt Creek Falls. Interesting how the rocks were worn away at this waterfall. It also made me think these falls aren't that "old", or the mountain isn't that old. Because the wearing isn't that great.
MT YORAN CLIMB
Climbing Mt Yoran is usually done via the gully on the southeast side of the peak. From the little camping area on the northwest end of Divide Lake you just go up the scree slope, aiming at the trees just to the right of the gully. Then comes the gully itself which takes you to an easy ridge by which you can gain the summit. The rock is a little loose, so some might want to wear a helmet. Some guidebooks have rated this climb as a class 4, but it seems much more like a class 3. As usual, more care is needed in the downclimbing, especially if climbing in a party - don't drop rocks on your mates below. The view from the top is grand and the climb takes a couple of hours from Divide Lake below. Good boots, plenty of water and maybe a helmet depending upon how many rocks people in your party like to kick loose.
WILLAMETTE PASS SKI AREA
This is the home ski area for residents of the Eugene-Springfield area. Directly at Willamette Pass, this ski area provides several runs of varying complexity. Costs for a daypass are $35 for adults. The hill is a good place to learn on with over 200 acres of runs. There are also many possibilities for cross-country skiing here on tracks and off-track into the nearby Waldo Lake Wilderness Area.
For summer fun, just beyond the ski area to the east are the beautiful waters of Odell Lake waiting to be enjoyed with grand views to Diamond Peak to the southwest. Ski or snowboard equipment for winter. A nice sailboat or sea kayak for summer.
OAKRIDGE - LIFE AFTER THE SPOTTED OWL
Oakridge is the largest Oregon community located within the Cascade mountain ranges. It is about 50 miles southeast of Eugene along OR 58 not far from Willamette Pass. The town is located right in the middle of a lot of outdoor activities - there are any number of lakes and large reservoirs, mountains, forests, skiing, fishing, abundant wildlife. The town existed mainly for the vast forests and most in Oakridge were connected in one way or another to the logging industry. The enactment of Federal protection for endangered species - in particular, the spotted owl - closed off many federally owned forests to logging interests, though truth be told, there were many other industry factors in play. For a one industry town, Oakridge has a a rough go of finding a new reason de vivre, much like many other small forest-related towns in Oregon and throughout the US West. Its nearness to natural beauty has been one saving grace that other towns did not enjoy. Even at that, ;you can see in the streets of the town that its renaissance is far from complete. If you do like outdoor adventures, Oakridge is right in the middle of what you might be looking for though.
The town is on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River and is located only a few miles downstream from the huge earth fill Hills Creek dam - just south off OR 58. Forest highways take you far and deep into the dense forested mountains in all directions. Most people barrel along on OR 58 going to or fro Willamette Pass - glorious Salt Creek Falls at the Pass along with the area’s ski hill at Willamette Pass. - not realizing all of the other wonderlands waiting to be explored just off the highway.
Besides the large reservoirs - Hills Creek reservoir is just one of several in the area - there are many natural lakes with some of Oregon’s largest lakes just across the east side of Willamette Pass - Odell and Waldo Lake which are both beautiful and different in character. The main peak that dominates the area, though with a hidden flair, at times, is Diamond Peak - named not for the stone but an early pioneer captain. Diamond Peak is a large eroded volcano set high to the south of Willamette Pass and serves as the birth grounds for the Middle Fork of the Willamette - which is the heart of the river.
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Address: 47433 Highway 58, Oakridge, Oregon, 97463, United States