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Mapleton, Oregon, United States

Whittaker Creek Ridge Trail

Easy hike amongst Old Growth trees to a ridge overlooking Siuslaw River.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.2 miles / 5.2 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly
Overview: Visitors can enjoy picnicking, swimming, hiking, and camping at Whittaker Creek. The site offers family camping in a wooded riverside location with a hiking trail that provides access to an old growth stand of Douglas Fir high above the campground.

The Old Growth Ridge Trail was designated in 1994 as a National Recreation Trail due to the exceptional wildlife, geologic features, and old growth trees that are typical of coast range ecosystems. Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout can be observed in the fall and winter months in the creek next to the campground. The site also features a paved boat ramp that provides drift boat and canoe access to the Siuslaw River.

Tips: From the East (Eugene) Follow Highway 126 west about 29 miles to Siuslaw River Road just west of Walton. Turn left on Siuslaw River Road and follow about 1.5 miles to the intersection of Whittaker Creek Road. Turn right on Whittaker Creek Road and cross the bridge over the Siuslaw River. The mainentrance to the recreation site is located on the right.

In the summer bring a swim suit for swimming at the Recreation Area.

Points of Interest


Whittaker Creek Recreation Area

Located at the confluence of Whittaker Creek
and the Siuslaw River, this recreation site offers a wealth of activities including old growth forest hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, salmon watch, picnicking and camping.

Whittaker Creek is part of the Siuslaw River watershed that drains water from the Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean. The creek is a designated watchable wildlife site because it provides habitat of vital importance to anadromous fish species which include coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, cutthroat trout and other fish species. Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout can be observed in the fall and winter months spawning in the creek next to the campground

Whittaker Creek offers a summer swimming area, a picnic site, children’s play area, horseshoe pits and potable water available from hand pumps in the campground.

Camping: $10 per day, additional vehicles $5
(maximum 3 vehicles per campsite)
No fee for day use

Bridge Out in the Winter

There is a bridge here that is missing in the winter months.


This bridge is available year round. The swimming area is near this bridge.

Old Growth Trailhead


Loop Junction

Trail loops left or right here. We choose to head right.

Giant Tree Junction

Turn left here for a VERY SHORT detour to the giant tree.

Giant Tree

This tree was recently struck by lightning

Ridge Junction

Turn uphill here for the jaunt to the ridge junction. Then come back here to continue around the loop.

Short Junction to Viewpoint

You can take the trail right to a viewpoint through the trees.


Look through the trees to the Siuslaw River below.

Ridge Summit

You made it to the top! There is a nice wooden bench to sit on (made from the trees on this hill).
Pictures in this guide taken by: JMilesMiller

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