Description

Harvey Creek occupies a little draw folded between a high-elevation spread of vineyards and cattle and a peaceful hilltop neighborhood, easily accessed from Highway 99, yet tucked away from the springtime rush of oenophiles in the small Willamette Valley town. From the lower trailhead at NE Red Hills Road, enter a forest lush with moss, sword ferns, maples, and firs. Harvey Creek burbles on the left, and a short wooden footbridge provides a quick photo op. Zigzag up a steep portion of hill, pass a sunny meadow ideal for picnicking, and keep left at a pair of trail intersections. After just half a mile, the path tops out at the Dundee Pioneer Cemetery. A quick loop around the plots adds a dose of history and sweeping views across the valley. Now for the wine: Return to NE Red Hills Road via Harvey Creek. From there it’s just 0.3 miles up the quiet dirt road to the doorstep of Purple Hands Winery, where a crop of outstanding pinot noirs can be sipped inside a charming 1935 bungalow.

Post-Hike Watering Hole: Pinot noir anchors the addictive house barbecue sauce at Storrs Smokehouse in Newberg, and the eccentric house version of a brisket sandwich, complete with provolone cheese, house-made kraut, and a ciabatta bun, is an unexpected hit. Look for refreshing local beers like Heater Allen on tap, or grab a bottle of a standby like Ninkasi or Deschutes from an enormous vintage wooden cooler. storrssmokehouse.com

Region
Willamette Valley
Activity
Hike
Difficulty
Easy
Distance
2.4 miles (round-trip)
Location