Sweet Creek Falls, Mapleton Hill Pioneer and PAWN Old Growth Trails

January 21, 1995

Under blue skies, with temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s, ten adventurers checked out three new trails in the Mapleton vicinity. Sweet Creek Falls Trail has three segments completed and will eventually be five miles in length. Before crossing the bridge into Mapleton, coming from Eugene, you turn left. Then just follow the signs on a paved road to Sweet Creek. High water created beautiful tumbling cascades, falls and photo perfect views. After checking out all the trail segments and finding the greatest place for lunch, we went back to Mapleton, turned right and proceeded to Brickerville. Turning left at the sign indicating a road crossing railroad tracks, we travelled on gravel Forest Service roads to Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trail. Posted descriptions along the 2/3 mile trail provides a glimpse back in time. Backing cars up roads too steep otherwise, visualizing a covered bridge once standing over a creek are just a couple of historic notes presented. By mid afternoon, with the weather still holding, the group still wanted more. Last, but probably the highlight of the trip, was PAWN Old Growth Trail. Here, on a ¾ mile, self-guided trail, sights that could be overlooked are described in detail. This trail is a must for anyone interested in the environment. Those participating include nonmembers Kevin Clark, Elden Hudgins, and Richard Ogden; with members Leona Devine, Maxine Hudgins, Royal Murdock, Virginia Prouty, Velma Shirk, Hawke Williams, and leader, Sylvia Harvey.

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