Dorris Ranch/Clearwater Trail Year Round Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles), 10 km. (6.2 miles), or 13 km. (8 miles), all easy.
The walk begins in forested areas of the Dorris Ranch on the southern edge of Springfield, then continues along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River on a wide, paved trail. The entire route, with a turnaround at Clearwater Park, is 13 km. However, walkers can shorten their walk by turning around at designated places along the Middle Fork Trail. Regardless of the distance walked, expect spectacular scenery.
Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. at the Courtsports fitness center at 2728 Pheasant Blvd. in Springfield (Harlow Road area). From there, it is about a 3 mile drive to the start at Dorris Ranch. Often, informal carpools are arranged for travel from Courtsports to Dorris Ranch (no fee). After the walk, some of the participants may decide to have lunch together at a local restaurant; this is purely optional, of course.
Directions to Courtsports, along with further information on this walk, can be found by clicking on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page, then "Year Round Events" and scrolling down to "Springfield - Dorris Ranch/Middle Fork Trail". Alternately, the same information on this and thousands of other walks throughout the United States can be obtained by clicking on the "National Events" bar on this page, then "Events" and following the prompts. The "National Events" website also includes links to walks in Canada and 40 other countries.