The inhabitance of Black Canyon Campground is still asleep while I wrestle with my camp stove. Coffees on. Sore limbs waken to the sounds of the Willamette. I am always the first one up. "The Willamette National Forest stretches 110 miles along the western slope of the Cascade Range in western Oregon. The forest is named after the Willamette River, which gets its name from the Kalapuyan people who called the river "Wal-lamt."
Elevations on the forest range from about 1,500 feet above sea level to 10,495 feet at the snowcapped summit of Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second highest peak.
Wildlife in the region includes mule deer, Roosevelt elk, bobcats and bald eagles." - Recreation.gov
We're in Oakridge. Oregon's mountain biking mecca. Camping and Mountain Biking. It doesn't get much better than this.
"The area now known as Oakridge was first explored in 1852 as a possible route for pioneers coming from Central Oregon to the Willamette Valley. A post office was named "Hazeldell" in 1888, and the place's name later changed to "Big Prairie", and then "Oak Ridge". In 1912, a new community was formed and officially named Oakridge. Since its beginnings as a mountain ranch, Oakridge has been a railroad boomtown, a lumberjacks' haven, and an outdoor enthusiast's destination.
The early boom for Oakridge can be attributed to the Southern Pacific Railroad. By 1910, work had already begun on Tunnel 22, a short route connecting Oakridge to the area now known as Westfir. Oakridge was a station on Southern Pacific's Cascade subdivision, a line that goes over Willamette Pass via the Natron Cutoff that was built in 1926, and the railroad played an integral part of the economy and lifestyle in Oakridge. The Union Pacific Railroad still operates the rails and trains are a common sight in Oakridge.
On July 2, 1946, the Pope and Talbot Lumber Company purchased timberland near Oakridge. By 1948, the company had built a large sawmill and had begun a massive timber logging operation. While the railroad and Westfir's Hines sawmill began to slow down, the Pope and Talbot mill expanded and eventually employed more than 500 people. The combined economic base of the railroad and sawmills accounted for the population growth of the 1960s and 1970s, when the community of Willamette City was consolidated into Oakridge. However, in 1978, the Hines mill in Westfir closed, and by 1985 the Pope and Talbot Mill had laid off all of its workers. The City of Oakridge now owns the property that formerly housed the Pope and Talbot sawmill." - Wiki
"Goodman Creek Trail is an out and back trail located near Lowell, Oregon that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, mountain biking and nature trips. The trail is well marked, with a log bridge to mark your destination at the creek." - MTB Project
Make sure to stop by the Oakridge Bike Shop while in town and pick up a trail map.