Umpqua National Forest: Cottage Grove Ranger District: Noonday Trail

To Get There:   Noonday Trail  
   

I-5 to Cottage Grove. Follow the Dorena Lake signs heading East. Continue on past Dorena Lake. The two lane road turns into a single track paved road just past Disston. Continue to a bridge that takes a slight left turn and crosses the creek. Champion Creek Road is to the right. Champion Creek Road is signed. Just a short distance is a bridge, just across the bridge to the left is the start of Noonday Trail. It is easy to drive past. It is signed.

 

Site Description:   The Noonday Trail is the original wagon road to the Bohemia gold mine region east of Cottage Grove. The trail has several 180 degree switchbacks at the Champion Creek end. The trail climbs steeply and then levels to a steady climb. The trail requires a Class 2 with low range. The trail is an easy 1.5 to 2 hour drive. It is also a great trail for Class I and Class III. Fairview Peak Lookout is a must visit. A picnic table and primitive toilet is available at the fire lookout on top. A small picnic site is available at the junction at the base of the Lookout road. An active mine is visible from the Lookout on the northwest side. The return trip has two options. If time is a factor Sharps creek is an easy run. Champion Creek is much more scenic and offers several mine shafts at road grade to look in. They are dangerous and not to be explored. The old Champion mine site is at the base of the steepest decent. A walk back to the old shaft is guaranteed to cool you off on even the hottest of days. You will also see many mining claims posted along the creek. Take you time and enjoy the creek. The road is maintained by the mine owners association and varies in condition to time of season with the spring time the best and it gets rougher as the summer and traffic increases. The road is not recommended for passenger cars.  
Trail Uses & Sizes:   Class I, II, III. For Class I & III a wide parking area is available at the junction of Champion Creek Road. If the Noonday Trail and Champion Creek Rd. are used a loop can be enjoyed on gravel roads and return to your vehicle.  
Season:   Fairview Peak is 5933' and is open when the snow is gone in the high country.  
Fees:   None  
On-Site Facilities:   Picnic table and primitive toilet at Fairview Peak. Primitive toilet approximately Lund Park. Two table picnic site at junction at base of Fairview Lookout road.  
Additional Information:   Forest Service Map - Close up of Noonday Trail and surrounding area
Linked site with map covering Cottage Grove to Fariview Lookout

 

 

 

Class 1 Permits

 
Class I Permit
Defined:

Operator requirements:
 
  • Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
  • Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.
 
 
 
    
      Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
      Permit agents: See the latest
permit agent list.

 
     
Class 2 Permits
 
 
Class II Permit
Defined:
 Jeeps traveling on an unmaintained dirt road.

Operator requirements:

  • A valid driver´s license.
  • Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not
    Address
    78405 Cedar Parks Road, Cottage Grove, 97424, Oregon
    Telephone
    541 942 5591
    Land
    Public
    Umpqua National Forest
    Vehicles
    ATV, Dirt Bike, Truck, UTV
    Terrain
    General Trail, Hills, Pond
    Skill Level
    Easy, Intermediate, Experienced
    Amenities
    Camping, Pavilion, Restrooms, Pets
    Hours
    To Get There: Noonday Trail
    I-5 to Cottage Grove. Follow the Dorena Lake signs heading East. Continue on past Dorena Lake. The two lane road turns into a single track paved road just past Disston. Continue to a bridge that takes a slight left turn and crosses the creek. Champion Creek Road is to the right. Champion Creek Road is signed. Just a short distance is a bridge, just across the bridge to the left is the start of Noonday Trail. It is easy to drive past. It is signed.
    Riding Requirements
    Class 1 Permits

    Class I Permit
    Defined:

    For vehicles 50" wide or less, and ...
    Dry weight of 800 pounds or less.
    Have saddle or seat.
    Travels on three or four tires.
    Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.

    Operator requirements:


    Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
    Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
    Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.




    Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
    Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.






    Class 2 Permits


    Class II Permit
    Defined:

    For vehicles more than 50" wide, or ...
    Dry weight of more than 800 pounds.
    Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.

    Operator requirements:


    A valid driver´s license.
    Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.
    Check with law enforcement officials in the area you wish to ride for any special requirements.
    Uninsured Class II off-road vehicles should contact Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.
    Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
    Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.






    Class 3 Permits

    Class III Permit
    Defined:

    For vehicles riding on two tires
    Dry weight of less than 600 pounds.
    Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.

    Operator requirements:


    Must be at least 7 years of age

    Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
    Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
    Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.




    Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
    Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.
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