WildCATs field checking in the forests of the Oregon Coast Range (photo by Cascadia Wildlands).

Kentucky Falls Earth Day Hike — Sunday, April 21, 2024

Enjoy a beautiful spring visit to an old-growth forest and one of the Coast Range’s biggest waterfalls!


  • General Location of hike: Siuslaw National Forest, Coast Range near Mapleton
  • Estimated time of departure and return from meeting location: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Carpools leave from central Eugene, meet at Oregon Wild’s Eugene office, 1238 Lincoln Street.
  • Leaders for the day will be Chandra LeGue with Oregon Wild and Madeline Cowen with Cascadia Wildlands.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance (round trip/total): 4.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 800 feet
  • Max attendance: 20

Description: The Central Oregon Coast Range hides gorgeous forests, clear streams, a tangle of early spring vegetation and wildflowers, and big waterfalls like Kentucky Falls. Luckily Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands staff know how to find them! Discover (or revisit!) this true gem on what will no doubt be a beautiful spring day. On the way, we’ll see a mix of forest management – from clearcuts to hands-off – and spend some time discussing important campaigns to protect mature and old-growth forests, wild and scenic rivers, and preserving the core elements of the Northwest Forest Plan. We’ll complete the day by writing postcards and comments advocating for the forest.

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