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Hiking & Walking: Oregon > Willamette National Forest > Sweet Home Ranger District

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Gate Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 3,600 Feet (1122.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,250 Feet (389.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 4,850 Feet (1511.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.1 Miles (5.17 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Echo Mountain


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General Description

Gate Creek Trail is a moderate to difficult 3.1 mile hike at an elevation of 3,600 feet. This trail has ancient old-growth forests, younger true fir forests and sweeping alpine meadows on the ramparts of Browder Ridge. A little less strenuous than the western access, the gradual climb through switchbacks puts you on a plateau with vies of Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters. Adventurous types can follow an unmarked trail to a ridge overlooking pristine Heart Lake.

Directions from Sweet Home: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for 39.8 miles to Forest Road 2672 (Hackleman Road) and turn right. Travel 1.8 miles to Forest Road 1598 and travel 2.8 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Don Stahl (Eugene, OR)
Time of Day: 12:00
Length of Time: About 3 hours each way (to the crest of Browder Ridge)
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Tracing the trail across spring snow was challenging in spots. A nice climax to the trail is a walk up to the high point of Browder Ridge -- the views go from Mt. Hood to Diamond Pk.
Conditions: Lots of snow on this date. The forested plateau (5200 ft) due south of Browder Ridge summit was under a couple of feet of granular snow. No mosquitoes at this date.
Water Availability: No dependable water other than snowmelt.
Recommended Clothing: Midday was shorts-and-teeshirt weather; evening and morning it needed a fleece pullover and pants. In spring snow sunscreen and sunglasses are necessities.
Suggested Accessories: A ski-pole came in handy for crossing snowbanks.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Gate Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery
Yes



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Visitor Information:

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

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