Aufderheide National Scenic Drive
Just out the front door of the Westfir Lodge is the beautiful Aufderheide National Scenic Drive. This 70- mile stretch is part of the 220-mile West Cascades Scenic Byway, running north to south. It meanders along the cold, clear water of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River and the South Fork of the McKenzie River features old-growth trees, waterfalls, hot springs and wildflowers
Neighboring Oakridge is known as the Mountain biking capital of the Northwest. There are hundreds of miles of world class trails in the area. Across the Office Bridge is a full service rest area and a trailhead for several of the trails. For road bikers, hit the Aufderheide trail right out the front door.
Hunting and Fishing
Some of the finest fishing in Oregon can be found in the forests surrounding Westfir. Depending on the season, brown and rainbow trout, crappie, salmon, and catfish can be caught. A visit to the Willamette Fish Hatchery in Oarkridge is fun for the whole family. Whether hunting with a bow or a gun, large populations of elk and deer are found in this area surrounded by the Willamette National Forrest.
Huckleberry Flats OHV Trails
!8 miles from Westfir one can find About 30 miles of marked and rated ATV trails can be found. It is located in the center of a beautiful and dense conifer forest. There are a few motorcycle-only trails and the trails are designed to be one way. This trail system is open to Class I and Class III vehicles. It is closed to Class II motorized vehicles, bicycle, horse and hiker use.
Lakes & Rivers
Westfir-Oakridge lies at the confluence of five rivers.
Waldo Lake one of the purest lakes in the world, lies 20 miles east, near the crest of the Cascades at an elevation of 5,414 feet and. The lake is non-motorized, and a favorite for sailboats, canoes and kayaks, but no gas-powered motors. Hills Creek Reservoir and Crescent Lake provide excellent access to water-skiing. Be sure to visit Salt Creek Falls. It is Oregon’s second highest waterfall tumbles 286 feet in a 60 foot wide swath, just 20 minutes from Oakridge.
If you enjoy winter sports, Willamette Pass Resort ski area is just 27 miles east of Westfir-Oakridge on Highway 58. It offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family – downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross-country skiing, or snow-shoeing. There are 29 fun and exciting runs, a vertical drop of 1,563 feet and six lifts, including Oregon’s only high speed six pack. They cater to skiers and riders of all abilities and offer them the chance to experience big mountain terrain in a small mountain atmosphere.