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French Pete Trail

Beginning Elevation: 1,840 Feet (573.6 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,560 Feet (798.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1371.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 9.7 Miles (16.17 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Cougar Reservoir

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General Description

French Pete Trail #3311 is a more difficult 9.7 mile hike at an elevation of 1,840 feet. The trail follows the French Pete Creek for 3 miles and up the French Pete drainage and ends at the Pat Saddle Trailhead. The trail is accessible for most of the year. There are toilets at the trailhead.

Directions from Blue River: Travel 3.5 miles east on Hwy. 126 to Aufderheide Drive (FS road 19). Continue on Aufderheide for 11 miles to the French Pete Trailhead parking lot located on the left.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round (NOTE: The recommended season for this trail is early Spring to early Winter.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Eddie (Eugene, Oregon)
Time of Day: Mid
Length of Time: Couple of hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The French Pete Creek winds through the French Pete Wilderness and eventually ends in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The views along the hike are rewarding as the creek itself is majestic.
Conditions: Being late Spring the conditions were cold at night during camping at nearby Cougar Reservoir, and the daytime is hot in the sun, cool in the shade. The soil was dry (drainage is swift on the slopes). I only ventured a couple miles of the trail, perhaps 6 or so, until I encountered a portion of the hillside that had slid off into the creek. The going here was a bit treacherous as the slope was loose/hard alternately, too steep to walk, and I resorted to crawl/climing across it. After this the trail ran out and became quite bushy and overgrown and I lost it. I could have continued on (there really is only one direction to go, along the creek valley, the sides are bit too steep for walking) but it was getting late.
Water Availability: I took 3 litres of water and it was plenty for me. The only water available is that from the fast moving creek itself.
Recommended Clothing: Good hiking shoes with traction and ankle support. No wind to speak of and alternate cool/hot depending upon exposure to sun and the cool environment of a creek in a high walled valley.
Suggested Accessories: Hiking stick, pick-axe (for traversing the hillslide). I left the trail a couple of times and had noted that I was a hair from a good fall and that it would really hurt. Suggest taking a rope and some sort of signaling device in case one falls down the side of the trail. I only met one person on my return out. She was the spitting image of a catalogue hiker (all new stuff from a hiking store) and she had with her a glock 9mm pistol. I only had duct-taped equipment and a good axe. Hard to get lost on this trail, it's pretty linear.

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Related Activities
French Pete Campground - The French Pete Campground is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Blue River at an elevation of 1,800 feet. This campground has 17 sites with trailer space, tables and fire rings.

Yankee Mountain Trail - Yankee Mountain Trail #3318 is a most difficult 3.7 mile hike at an elevation of 1,840 feet. This trial is recommended for the most experienced hiker to use their wilderness skills.

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Willamette National Forest, 211 East 7th Avenue , Eugene, OR, 97440, Phone: 541-465-6521


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