Old Santiam Wagon Road

June 8, 1997

“A variety of settings can be experienced on the Santiam Wagon Road depending on the segment selected for travel. This trail/road is being developed in some areas for multiple users including hikers, horse riders, mountain bikers and vintage vehicles or wagons” (Hiking Trails on the Sweet Home Ranger District). — Built in the 1860s, this was a toll road between Albany and Sisters. Walking along it is a connection with history as well as a pleasant outdoor experience. The road follows the South Santiam River between old growth trees, foxgloves and other scenic delights. Starting at the trailhead near Mountain House, 23 miles east of Sweet Home, we walked three miles east. Near the two-mile post, dwarfed by House Rock and giant firs, we ate our lunch. We also hiked the House Rock loop trail and admired House Rock falls. The trail continues 16½ miles beyond our explorations, to Fish Lake, inviting other hikes in the future. Our congenial group enjoyed the trail and the sunny spring day. Special thanks go to Elliot, Carol and Margee for driving, and also to Elliot for taking the lead on the trail so that the “leader” could follow at a leisurely pace. Hikers were Elliot Aronin, Genie Currier, Sylvia Harvey, Rita Johnson, Dorothy Leland, Carrol Maurer, Mary Millman, Nola Shurtleff, Herbert Whitman, Margee Wright and Velma Shirk (leader).

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