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McQuade Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 2,640 Feet (822.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,680 Feet (523.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 4,320 Feet (1346.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 5.2 Miles (8.67 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: Quartzville and Chimney Peak

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General Description

McQuade Creek Trail is a moderate to difficult 5.2 mile trail. This trail begins in dense, young forest and crosses two stream channels. After traversing a harvest unit, you enter a mature and old-growth forest for a wonderful mid-slope hike. McQuade Creek Shelter (a primitive three-sided structure) was once a welcome sight to hikers shortly before the trail connects with Chimney Peak Trail at the wilderness boundary. Wood rot and storm damage collapsed the shelter in 1996.

Directions from Sweet Home: Travel east on Hwy. #20 about 4 miles and turn left on Forest Road 11 (Quartzville Road.) Follow for 32 miles to Forest Road 1142 and turn right. Follow 1142 for 4 miles to the trailhead. Access road to the trailhead is rough, horse trailers are not recommended.

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Normal Services Available: Year-round .

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: My girlfriend and I attempted this trail last weekend (Aug 4, 2001) and were unable to complete the hike all the way up to Chimney Peak. The trail starts off deceptively well-maintained, then slowly degrades into a completely unmaintained trail after about 2.5 miles (trees have fell blocking the trail, brush is overgrown, etc). After about 4.5 miles the trail becomes so bad that it is completely unpassible: stinging nettles 5-6 feet high have overgrown the trail and do not look at all inviting to the weekend hiker. It was at this point that my girlfriend and I, wet and defeated, turned around and hiked back to the truck. If you're a hiking pro and you carry a machete with you, then I might recommend this hike; otherwise, leave this one off your todo list. -robert rose (rose.nospam@engr.orst.edu)

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


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