Fun Trail Facts
Coffin Mountain Trail
County & State
Linn County, Oregon
Cascades | Western Cascades Montane Highlands
Willamette National Forest
Latitude & Longitude (DEC)
A great hike with little ones; Caution toward the top.
Moderate [some steeper ascents and descents, challenging terrain in parts of the trail]
Out and Back
Access to Trailhead
Not bad at all if you follow these directions; Definitely some gravel forest roads, but they were all in good order.
- 360 degree views of: Mount Jefferson, 3 Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, Detroit Lake, Broken Top, Three Sisters, Diamond Peak,Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens.
- Obscene amounts of bear poop.
- Constant changes to the environment.
Starting on a logging track, you make your way through an obviously old clearcut and move along the south ridge of the mountain.
An open meadow awaits, as do several really lengthy switchbacks. Eventually, you hit some alpine forest and really start gaining some visuals on the lookout, and some truly impressive outcroppings.
and then mentioned that she rarely ever sees children up there as young as my wee one. That said, I think she was ready for him, because she gave him a Smoky the Bear bookmark and ranger sticker. So. Awesome.
Being September, we missed the rhododendrons and beargrass. The ranger mentioned that coming back in June or July would be the ticket on that front. She also recommended Bachelor Mountain, just up the road.
All told, this was an extremely approachable climb with the little guy holding my hand and up on my shoulders. The constantly changing landscape was unlike most of our hikes, and I think that may have worn him out a bit! One of his favorite parts was chasing the grouse around, and his inner detective came out when it came to identifying bear poop based on the berry contents. Good life skills!!!
It was a lonely hike that afternoon. Not a single soul parked at the trailhead, nor did we pass anyone.