A great little hike in the foothills of the Cascades in Oregon.
To get there take hwy 22 East from Salem, towards Bend. Go through Detroit and turn right onto Blowout Rd. Head down Blowout road for 3.7 miles and the trail head is on the left. The lot is fairly small, with space for only 4-5 vehicles. I did this hike on a late Friday afternoon, the weekend of Memorial day and I only ran into 3 groups of hikers. This is an out and back trail. It’s not too rough at only 4.1 miles but you do gain 1,433′. The trail is well defined and pretty smooth most of the way.
The trail winds up through the forest with views mostly of old growth trees. Once you’re about halfway up the trail you’ll start to spot Detroit Lake through the trees. The last quarter mile its the biggest climb and the last coupe feet to the top is a little rocky and may be a little difficult if raining.
Once at the top there is a small flat landing where a fire lookout once stood. Looking to the East you’ll have an incredible view of Mt. Jefferson, and looking to the West you’ll have a great view of Detroit Lake, so make sure to do this little hike on a clear day. The top offers some great spots to sit and have lunch so make sure to haul some goodies up the trail. Seriously though don’t forget to bring a sandwich like I did, or you quite possibly will be thinking about sandwiches this entire hike. Looking at beautiful Detroit Lake, thinking about sandwiches. Looking at snowy Mt.Jefferson, containing drool over sandwich thoughts.
This trail is also good for dogs so don’t leave the fur thing at home. There are quite a few chipmunks hanging out off this trail and I’m not sure if you know, but they make the craziest noise. Stay calm, if you hear a screaming bird like noise and then some scurrying.. its just a chipmunk. I’m curious how they are they even able to make this noise.
And if I make this noise, will they come to me?
Food for thought.