If you need an escape to the deep woods, try the Dome Rock and Tumble Lake hike. Located by the city of Detroit, and tucked in the Willamette National Forest, this trail begins right on Highway 22 above Detroit Lake. It’s a quiet spot, with a sprinkling of backcountry campsites and a variety of terrain.
The best part of this trail is the length of time one spends amid the trees. Expect all the usual old-growth forest suspects to make an appearance: big-leaf maple, Douglas-fir, noble fir, western red-cedar, hemlocks and more. But the occasional stony outcrops offer colorful splashes in the warmer months, with sedum, wild roses and other hardy mountain flowers making brief debuts.
The other advantages of this hike are the water views and access. In the summer swimmers can enjoy the often empty and cool depths of Tumble Lake, easily accessible off the trail. It’s positioned right beneath Elephant and Tumble Rock, and is rich with water plants along the shores. Pick the right time of the year, and you’ll be able to fill up on wild berries while cooling off.
Directions: From Highway 22 in Detroit, turn north at the Breitenbush River Bridge on to French Creek Road. Drive up French Creek about 7.7 miles and you’ll hit the trailhead. The trail can be found on the left side of the road and is easily seen after you pass it. Roadside parking only.