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Field Trip: Covered Bridges & Waterfalls of the Row River
Date: Saturday, April 22nd.
Meeting Time and Place: 8:00 am at parking lot on the south side of the Shell Station at 85925 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR (near crossing of 30th Ave over I-5).
Co-leads: Adrienne Adam & Al Sieradski
This trip could be a counter-clockwise loop: South on I 5 to Cottage Grove, east on Row River Road to Brice Creek Road, backtrack to Disston and north on USFS Rd#11 (Layng Road) and FS 5840 to Lookout Point Reservoir, Hwy 58 west to Eugene. Along the way, sample from the following list of bridges and falls.
In addition to camera equipment consider taking: car shoes, trail boots, wading boots, hiking poles, cloth for cleaning spray off lens, towel for covering lens between shots. Those who want unique shooting angles of the bridges and falls should be prepared to enter the streams using waders or boots or water sandals.
First Leg – The Covered Bridges
Site #1- Corrin Bridge
The Currin Bridge is a Howe truss covered bridge near Cottage Grove. It crosses the Row River. The Currin Bridge was built in 1925 to replace another bridge built in 1883. The lowest bid received by Lane County for construction of the bridge was $6,250, so the county decided to build the bridge on its own for $4,205, saving $2,495 of taxpayers’ money. The bridge was named after an early pioneer family. The Currin Bridge is the only bridge in Oregon that is painted two different colors.
Site #2 – Mosby Creek Bridge
The Mosby Creek Bridge on Layng Rd. just SE of Cottage Grove is Lane County’s oldest covered bridge and the only bridge in the area with through traffic. Built in 1920 and restored in 1990,it is named for pioneer David Mosby.
Site #3 – Stewart Covered Bridge
As with other wooden bridges in Oregon, the Stewart Bridge has had its share of woes. Heavy rains of the 1964 “Christmas Flood” brought water raging down Mosby Creek with the resulting force cracking the lower chords of the bridge. Just over four years later, a heavy snowstorm dropped more than three feet of snow on most of the Willamette Valley. The roof bracing gave way under the weight of the snow, and the entire roof caved in. Repairs to the bridge once again made it usable, and it carried a 20-ton limit until it was bypassed in the mid-1980s by a concrete span. The Stewart Bridge was officially “mothballed” in 1987. Travel one mile east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Follow the sign to Mosby Creek Road, turning right and crossing the railroad tracks. Turn left (south) on Mosby Creek Road and travel approximately 3.5 miles to Garoutte Road.
Site #4 – Dorena Covered Bridge
Located on the south side of Dorena Reservoir on Shoreside Drive, Dorena Bridge was built to connect Government Road and Row River Road. Constructed in 1949 for $16,547, the 105 foot long bridge has been since bypassed with a concrete span.
Second Leg – The Waterfalls
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove, Oregon, and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 17 1/2 miles. Just past the small berg of Culp Creek, take a signed road to the left, pointing the way to Wildwood Falls Park. The falls and park can be found an additional 8/10 mile away.
Brice Creek Falls
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174) and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 19 1/2 miles to signed Brice Creek Road # 22. Follow Brice Creek Road for 4.7 miles to Cedar Creek Campground, and park in the day use area to the left of the entrance. Cross Brice Creek on a nice footbridge and head upstream (right) for 1/3 of a mile to a nice view over the small fall.
Trestle Creek Falls
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174) and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 19 1/2 miles to signed Brice Creek Road # 22. Follow Brice Creek Road for 8.3 miles to the third bridge across Brice Creek (just after Champion Creek Road branches to the right) and park near the bathrooms. Cross the bridge and find Brice Creek trail # 1403, and follow it downstream for 1/4 mile. Just after crossing Trestle Creek, take signed Trestle Creek Falls trail # 1403C up Trestle Creek for 1/3 mile to the base of the falls, a total of 1/2 mile from the road. Additionally, Upper Trestle Creek Falls can be reached by hiking in 1 mile on Upper Trestle Creek Falls trail # 1403D, the trailhead for which is located on Brice Creek Road, just upstream of the bridge.
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174) and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 19 1/2 miles to the junction of Brice Creek Road # 22 and Layng Creek Road # 17, and turn left onto Layng Creek Road. Follow Road # 17 for 9 miles to a junction and bear right from the main road. In less than 500 feet, you’ll find the Spirit Falls trailhead on the right. Park and follow the trail downstream for 1/3 of a mile to the bottom of the falls.
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174) and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 19 1/2 miles to the junction of Brice Creek Road # 22 and Layng Creek Road # 17, and turn left onto Layng Creek Road. Follow Road # 17 for 9 miles to a junction and bear right from the main road. Proceed past Spirit Falls parking another 3 3/4 miles, staying right at all major junctions, to the signed trailhead. The trail follows an old logging road, then bends hard to the left and descends, steeply in places, to an overlook across the canyon from the falls in 2/3 mile.