stops along Highway 58 between Eugene and Willamette Pass (west to east)
188B (off I-5) - Highway 58/Oakridge:
Prior to the construction of Interstate
5, Highway 58 was the most feasible route from the Willamette Valley to San Francisco.
It is still the primary road to Crater
Lake and Klamath
Falls. Highway 58 is a popular route, with recreation travelers in the
summer due to lakes, camps, trails, and woods located along the route.
MP 4 - Pleasant Hill:
After coming north from California with Eugene
Skinner (founder of Eugene), Elijah Bristow settled on a site that reminded him
of his earlier home in Pleasant Hill, Virginia. The historical marker at the top
of Pleasant Hill is the site of their original cabin. The replica of their fireplace
was built with original stones.
MP 8.5 - Elijah Bristow State Park:
Located on the south bank of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River,
the park consists of 847 acres of meadows and scattered woodlands. There are 10
miles of shared-use trails with 3 miles of wooded river frontage. Mountain biking,
hiking and horseback riding are popular ways to explore this park.
14.6 - Dexter Dam and Lookout Point Dam:
These dams are part of 10 multi-purpose
water projects operated by the Corps of Engineers in the Willamette Valley. Both
lakes are popular recreation areas and offer year-round fishing and seasonal waterskiing,
sailing, swimming, picnicking and hunting.
13.1 - Lowell
This bridge was built in 1945 and is 165 feet in
length. It is the only covered bridge in Oregon that spans a portion of a reservoir.
There are three other bridges within minutes of the Lowell Bridge: Parvin, Unity
and Pengra. These bridges form a ten-mile scenic loop.
MP 13.1 - Turn
here for side trip to Fall Creek Dam and Lake:
Just north of Dexter Lake
is the Fall Creek Dam and Fall Creek Lake, which is another popular recreational
getaway. The dam was completed in 1966 by the Corps of Engineers and serves a
similar purpose as the Dexter and Lookout Point Dams.
MP 31 - Westfir:
A Quick Detour:
Aufderheide National Scenic Byway - This winding 65-mile
forest drive is a national scenic byway leading the traveler through some of the
most spectacular countryside imaginable. A free audiocassette can be borrowed
from the Westfir Lodge for a mile by mile description of this unique roadway.
The scenic route passes Cougar Reservoir and Terwilliger Hot Springs as well as
many beautiful campgrounds, hiking trails and scenic vistas as the road winds
its way north to Blue River and Highway 126. This is a popular route for road
bicyclists. This route is closed in the winter.
Office Covered Bridge - Across
the street from the Westfir Lodge is the Office Covered Bridge. It was built in
1944 and restored in 1993. Its span is 180 feet and it is the longest covered
bridge in Oregon.
34 - Oakridge: Population 3,150:
Oakridge is an island of civilization
in the vast lushness of the Cascade foothills. Mountain biking, perhaps the fastest
growing outdoor activity in Oregon, has found a special home in the Oakridge area.
The nearby mountain trails provide hundreds of miles of matchless riding for all
MP 37 - Fish Hatchery:
The Willamette Hatchery
Museum/Educational Center celebrated its opening in 1997. The museum includes
multiple wildlife exhibits and an aquarium as well as extensive displays of tools
and methods used by fisheries' technicians in the past.
MP 59 - Waldo
Waldo Lake is the second largest lake in Oregon and one of the
purest lakes in the world. On a clear, calm day, the bottom of the lake is visible
up to a depth of 100 feet.
MP 60 & 61 - Diamond Peak View Point:
Elevations range from 4800 to 8800 feet in the high-country wilderness
of Diamond Peak. Created by volcanic activity and shaped by glaciers, 8744-foot
Diamond Peak dominates this wilderness of forest and lakes from its position at
the perimeter of the wilderness boundary.
MP 62 - Willamette Pass:
The crest of the pass is 5280 feet. Willamette Pass Ski Area is a recreational
paradise for downhill and cross-country skiers alike. There are five ski lifts,
20K of cross-country trails. The Pass area is open for hiking and mountain biking
in the summer months, with the recent addition of gondolas that will take you
to the top of the pass for effortless views of Diamond Peak.
can receive additional information about visiting Lane County by contacting the
Convention & Visitors Association
of Lane County at (800) 547-5445.