Linton Lake and Linton Falls

Linton Falls
Linton Lake is a short 1.5 mile hike from the historic Highway 242. The trailhead is on the north side of Highway 242 at Alder Springs Campground, but the trail starts out on the south side. You start the hike in a relatively young mixed Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest and pass through a series of small lava beds. Keep an eye out for 'bonsai' trees growing out of these rocks.
Lava bed near the trailhead

Douglas-fir growing from a rock
When you come to a closed off junction go right (uphill) towards the open lava field. After crossing two large open lava fields you will start the decent to Linton Lake. The forest on this section of the hike is incredibly straight and large. 
Douglas-fir and western hemlock

Looking down towards the main camping area along the north shore of Linton Lake
 After sitting around for a little while in the pouring rain we decided to hike out to Linton Falls. The 'trail' to Linton Falls involves a lot of climbing over massive downed Douglas-fir. There is another large camp area just before Linton Creek, which could be flooded after heavy rain. There is a fairly established trail that leads up the north side of Linton Creek, which leads to a beautiful view of Linton Falls. Above this ledge the trail continues to just above the falls. There is an area large enough for one tent, if you wanted to camp near the raging stream.

Along the shores of Linton Lake

Looking towards Linton Creek on the north side of Linton Lake

Directions from Eugene: Follow Highway 126 for 46 miles to Highway 242, turn right and follow for 9 miles to Alder Springs Campground, trailhead parking is on the north(left side) of the highway.

Hike Distance:  5.5 miles (round trip to the falls and back)

Hike Type: Out and Back 

Elevation Gain: 200 Feet

Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 Feet

Usage: Heavy in Summer

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Fees: 5 dollars or Northwest Forest Pass

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