Both trails begin at the Hardesty Trailhead, located on Hwy. 58 about 20 miles south of the I-5/Hwy. 58 intersection. The trailhead has dedicated parking for 3-4 horse trailers.
The Goodman Creek Trail is an out-and-back route that will take you beneath fabulous old-growth trees to a small, hidden waterfall and on to the Lower Eagles Rest Trailhead.
The South Willamette Trail runs through several creek drainages on the lower flank of Hardesty Mountain. Like the Goodman Creek Trail, it showcases magnificent old-growth Douglas-firs, as well as big-leaf maples, vine maples, alders, and cedars.
If you live in the Eugene area and can ride on a weekday, give these trails a try. You’ll be glad you did!
You can learn more about the Goodman Creek and South Willamette Trails in Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, available at www.NWHorseTrails.com.