Goodman Creek

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Leader: Kathy Hoeg
Hike: 7 miles, 600 ft (Moderate)

Goodman Creek is a beautiful, forested hike not too far from Eugene. Our group left SEHS at 8:30 and needed only about 40 minutes of driving time to get to the trailhead. There's a roomy graveled parking lot right next to Highway 58 across from Lookout Point Reservoir, with no requirement for a parking pass. Lucky us -- there was a porta-potty there that day! The first opportunity for a stop on the trail is a rock bank next to a series of little waterfalls, a pleasant place for a snack. After that, we had a bit of an adventure. We walked right past the turnoff for the little log bridge across the creek. Instead, we wound up about 2 minutes upstream at another log bridge, and the dimwitted hike leader (me!) didn't recognize that it was the wrong one. The crucial difference was that the second bridge didn't have handrails. The group gamely started walking across, all of us paying close attention to our balance -- when about half the group had crossed, someone spotted the bridge we had missed. Aargh! We retraced our steps and all thoroughly enjoyed having a nice sturdy handrail to hold onto while walking across the correct bridge. The trail continues gradually upward through the trees and eventually crosses a Forest Road. We walked back to the highway on the road, making a loop. A pretty, mostly shady hike to do on an August day.

Members: Kathy Hoeg, Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Stewart Hoeg, Julie Dorland, Brian Popowsky, Brenda Kameenui, Joanne Ledet. Nonmembers: Leslie Pyeatt, Norma Bengiat, Jan Halvorson.

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