Written by Oregon native and explorer, Mecca Ray Rouse.
Usually, fall in Oregon means the start of the rainy season; grey clouds crowd out the sun and rain jackets are back to the front of your closet. But, this year, Oregon surprised us with a very crisp and sunshine-filled October. Which also meant the leaves got their chance to shine.
One of the major highways in Oregon, OR-58, also known as the Willamette Highway, runs parallel to the stunning Willamette River. This route is known for its gorgeous trails, hot springs, fishing holes, mountains, lakes, and campgrounds that you can find around every corner. We loaded up the Honda CR-V and with some mellow tunes turned on and our coffees in hand, we set out the highway for an October riverside hike.
I brought along my new Hike Pack Welcome box from The Nomadik. It’s full of handy items to bring along with you on your next hike! In my Coalatree Nomad Packable Backpack, I packed the Vapur 0.5L Wide Mouth Anti-Bottle, Sun Company WristTurtle Compass, Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Mini Patches, a Skratch Labs Hydration Mix, and the Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes in case we needed them during our hike.
The morning sun made the rushing water light up and sparkle as we started our hike. The mix of aspen, fir, and maple trees made the most beautiful color palette of orange, red, yellow, and green. With fishing poles in hand, we followed the current until we found a stunning fishing hole that looked promising. After a few casts, Bryn hooked himself in his waders and realized he had a small hole, so we used the Gear Aid Patches to fix it up and his waders were good as new! He also loved having the Vapur Anti-Bottle (that we filled with a yummy green tea Skratch Labs hydration mix!) attached to his hip so whenever he needed a sip while fishing he didn’t have to leave the water or put his pole down!
I also loved having the Sun Company WristTurtle Compass with me, just in case we lost sight of the trail and needed to find our way back. It is so tiny and compact, I could barely feel it in my pocket. The only sound we could hear was the rushing of the water as we kept on hiking. Though the air was so cold you could see our breath, the sun kept us warm.
With so much to explore along this highway, you’ll never get tired of heading out on Route 58. Trust us, you’ll find somewhere new and beautiful every time you go. Happy exploring!
Places to explore along the highway:
- McCredie Hot Springs
- Crescent Lake
- Odell Lake
- Rosary Lakes
- Willamette Pass
- Black Canyon Campground
- Lookout Point Lake
- Eagles Rest Trailhead
- Hardesty Mountain
- Deception Butte Trailhead
- Salt Creek Waterfall
- Waldo Lake