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Non-motorized Trails on the Santiam State Forest
Hiking along Pine Trail
Hiking along Pine Trail


There are over 25 miles of non-motorized trails on the Santiam State Forest.  This growing trail system provides opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, free ride mountain biking and horseback riding.  Some trails are designated single use only while other are designed for multiple uses. 
 
As you travel these trails you will experience a wide variety of forest types, ages and elevations.  Many of these trails will lead you to unique, natural features.  These include several impressive waterfalls, a massive 40-foot tall natural rock arch and one of the highest points in the Cascade foothills - the 5000-foot Rocky Top peak. 

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Below you will find more information about specific non-motorized trails.  Enjoy your experience in the Santiam State Forest!

Shellburg Falls Non-motorized Trail System
Shellburg Falls Hiking Trail
Shellburg Falls Hiking Trail

 
There are nearly six miles of non-motorized trails within the Shellberg Falls Recreation Area that are managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry.  Each trail is designed for a specific use.
 
Lost Creek Trail allows nonmotorized users access to Buck Mountain Loop Trail in nearby Silver Falls State Park.  Whether you are looking for a short jaunt or a full day’s adventure you’ll find them here. 
 
Shellburg Falls Recreation Area brochure [PDF; 2.43 MB] 
 
Shellburg Free Ride Mountain Bike Trails
Free Ride Mountain Bike Ladder Bridge
Free Ride Mountain Bike Ladder Bridge

 
The Free Ride Mountain Bike Area is maintained by the Mountain Street Dirt Crew.  
 
Shellburg Falls Recreation Area brochure [PDF; 2.43 MB] 
 
Monument Peak Non-motorized Trail System
Horseback riding along Monument Peak Trails
Horseback riding along Monument Peak Trails
Just a few miles south of Gates, is the Monument Peak Trail System.   Hikers, mountain bikers, and horse back riders will enjoy approximately 12 miles of single track trail in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.  As you travel these trails you’ll encounter diverse forests, ridge tops, meadows, waterfalls, and clear streams with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains and Santiam Valley in the distance.  These trails are excellent for a quick hike or a full day trek. 
 
Santiam Horse Camp and Monument Peak Trail System 

 

Butte Creek Falls Trail
View from the Butte Creek Falls Trail
View from the Butte Creek Falls Trail
The Butte Creek Falls Trail is for hiking only. This .85 mile, moderately difficult trail, winds its way through a diverse forest stand of 100 year old Douglas-fir and hemlock trees, towering above a variety of unique stream-side vegetation. The highlight of the Butte Creek Falls Trail is the spectacular view of two waterfalls - Upper and Lower Butte Creek Falls.
 
Butte Creek Falls Trail brochure [PDF; 246 KB]
 

High Lakes Trail
A view from High Lakes Trail
A view from High Lakes Trail

The High Lakes Recreation Area offers visitors a unique experience. Rhody and the Butte Lakes are small high elevation lakes (around 3000 feet) nestled among pine and fir trees.  Their cool, clear waters reflecting the sky are home for many types of unique plants and wildlife, and are a great place for a family to enjoy a quiet camping trip, a hike, or an afternoon of fishing.
 
High Lakes Recreation Area brochure [PDF; 241 KB]
 
 

Natural Rock Arch and Rocky Top Trails
Rock Arch towers above a visitor
Rock Arch towers above a visitor

The trail to the arch is steep and rough, but the view is well worth it. 
 
This unique natural formation was found during the great Sardine Creek fire of 1951. The arch stands 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide.
 

The summit of Rocky Top was once the site of an old lookout tower. The tower was built during the 1920’s and was used by foresters to spot fires. After a short (1/2 mile) but difficult hike, the summit offers fantastic views of the Santiam Canyon.
 
Natural Rock Arch and Rocky Top Lookout brochure [PDF; 314 KB]
 

Other Recreation Activities on the Santiam State Forest
The view from Rocky Top
The view from Rocky Top
Click on any of the following links to learn more about other recreation activties available on the Santiam State Forest.

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Learn more . . .
Visitors tour the forest
Visitors tour the forest
To find out more about recreation activities on the Santiam State Forest, contact:
 
 
North Cascade District - Santiam Unit
Oregon Department of Forestry
22965 North Fork Road
Lyons, OR  97358
PH: 503-859-2151
FAX: 503-859-2158

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