Cascadia State Park: Soda Springs Trail

Cascadia State Park Welcome Sign

Nestled in the lush, beautiful Old Cascades, Cascadia State Park is the perfect place for a short spring hike along the Santiam River.  Once the campground opens in May there will be large numbers of families enjoying this beautiful area, but if you're looking to see very few people go soon! 

The area around Cascadia State Park has been used by humans for at least 8,000 years, a more recent use was for a resort known as The Geisendorfer. The resort had everything from tennis courts to a large lodge, though the primary draw of the area was a mineral spring known for it's healing properties. The Soda Springs trail takes you to where the spring is, though it is currently closed off.

The rock area near Soda Spring is one of the few structures left over from the resort. As you continue along the Soda Springs trail you will pass through a couple of large group sites that can be reserved. The Soda Springs trail continues along the north bank of the Santiam River through some pretty impressive Douglas-fir and western hemlock forest. Nearly two miles up the trail there is a large cave that has some extensive carvings mostly from the Kalapuya. The cave is on private property, but access is allowed with a guide from the Sweet Home Ranger District. 

Whether you're just driving by or want a beautiful place to spend an afternoon Cascadia State Park is worth visiting. 

Directions from Sweet Home: Follow Highway 20 east for 14.3 miles, then turn left into Cascadia State Park

Hike Distance: 3.6 miles round trip
Hike Type: Out and back

Elevation Gain: 100 Feet

Trailhead Elevation: 900 Feet

Usage: Moderate 

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Fees: None
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