Rujada Campground is located 21 miles east of Cottage Grove (45 minutes from Eugene) on a riverside terrace above Layng Creek. A favorite site for family picnics and camping, visitors will enjoy shaded campsites with privacy, access to swimming on the banks of Layng Creek and a hike through a rich riparian Douglas fir forest on the Swordfern trail. Check out a historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) shelter and a kid's playground with obstacles, swing, teeter- totter and monkey bars both located within the campground.
Recreational opportunities are plentiful and include hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and nature viewing. Spirit Falls, Moon Falls, and Pinard Falls Trails are just a few of the local waterfall trails in the area.
This developed campground offers flush toilets, running water, picnic tables, campfire rings, and garbage collection. A campground host is typically onsite during the summer season. There are 15 sites, 8 are reservable, and 7 are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
This beautiful and quiet campground located in the Umpqua National Forest sits at approximately 1,200 feet in elevation among Douglas fir, hardwood trees and ferns.
Rujada Day Use Picnic Area is located within the campground and may be reserved. Nearby are three spectacular waterfall trails. Spirit Falls is a short 0.4 mile, more difficult hike to a 60' waterfall. Moon Falls is an easy, 0.5 mile hike to a 125' cascading waterfall. Pinard Falls is a 0.6 mile, more difficult hike to a 105' waterfall. All three hikes are within 10 miles of the campground and can be done within a single day.
ADA Access: N
This campground is way out on the road less travel..literally. We made reservations online but once we got to the campground we discovered reservations meant nothing as there was someone in our spot. We did end up being accommodated and were given another site for the night before moving again to a different spot for the remainder of our stay.
This is a primitive campground. So bring your generator if you need it!
There was a nice playground which did surprise us that my kiddos liked. Along with access to a nice swimming hole next to the campground. Be advised getting to it was not easy especially with small kiddos.
You are next to a few waterfall hiking trails, one of which was pretty kid friendly.
Overall this was a cool one time deal for us, if anything go and check out the nearby waterfalls.
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I have the distinct pleasure to tryout and review gear from great outdoor companies. This is my ranger review of the Primus Lite+ backpacking stove kit at Rujada campground in Oregon.
Rujada is smaller campground located just south-east of Cottage Grove, Oregon; up Bryce creek rd.
This is a nice, well-maintained campground right on Layng Creek, in a heavily wooded area. It offers 15 campsites, some of which can be reserved online and others are first come, first served. The sites are quite unique to each other, some offering privacy, some larger and open, and a couple just off the "Swordfern trail" next to the creek. You can hear the creek's small waterfall from most of the sites, and there is even a couple of spots on the creek to take a dip; if you wish.
The "Swordfern trail" starts at the day use area; where you can find a large ball field, horseshoe pits and a tiny playground. The trail continues into the forest following the creek, until it takes a big bend back around to the campground. It is an easy to moderate 2 or so miles, that I feel is family and dog friendly, as the grounds allows pets. If you want bigger hiking payoffs, just up the road approx. 6 miles, you can find "Pinard", "Moon", and "Spirit falls". Each are around 2 easy hiking miles and worth hitting, you can easily do all three in one day. I highly recommend these falls as they are some of the better, lesser known falls in Oregon.
As for amenities; Rujada has two restroom facilities, one pit and one gender-specific flush, with sinks, located nearby the day use area. They also have trash service, recycling, water bibs and dish water troughs. There are no r.v. specific sites, so no power or sewer hookups. Each site also offers the expected firepit rings as well as awesome picnic tables made from big timbers from back in the day.`
I liked this campground overall for its small size and more primitive nature, I will return and use it for a good jumpoff point for the many beautiful hikes nearby.
Primus Lite +
The Primus Lite+ is a great, light and well built integrated backpacking stove/pot kit from the makers of the original soot free kerosene stove back in 1892. These stoves have come a long way, now offering auto start piezo igniters, no need for manually lighting with a match.
The integrated pot system is attached with a grasp on the neoprene surround and a twist. No need to worry about your pot falling off while boiling water. If you would rather use your ol' trusty pot or kettle; it does have 3 small pegs that can be screwed into the burner to better balance your cookware. These pegs also attach to the pots strap and are at hand anytime. For more stability it also comes with two more options, one is an included tripod stand that fits 3 size fuel bottles. The other is a sweet, included hanging lanyard, so if you can't find a suitable surface, you can hang it from a nearby branch.
If you purchase the smallest size fuel canister, all items(less the tripod) will fit into the integrated pot, taking up the least amount of space possible in your pack.
This unit burns very hot, as the flame is concentrated directly on the pot and is not very adjustable. It does boil water very quickly though, 3-4 min. depending on conditions. I do feel that it might not be the best unit for cooking food as I could see it easily burning the food to the bottom. I might try rice or soup, just keep an eye on it. It is a perfect setup for making Mountain house meals and I love it for my coffee.
My only criticism would be the pouring spout, or lack thereof. The cap has a hole for pouring with two alongside to allow for airflow. My problem, which may be user error, is most times I'm pouring, the water spills down the side of the pot. I tried to pour quicker, or slower, at an angle, and almost always have this problem. It is getting better each time I try, so hopefully I can solve this soon.
All and all a great unit and does all that would be expected from this type of system, with some cool unique features. I recommend this to any backpacker or even the casual camper.
Was not impressed with this campground. I thought going on a Monday and Tuesday it would be nice and quiet, but that was far from the case. The chainsaws and falling trees from a nearby logging operation started at 0530 my first morning there and continued through the day, with an addition of logging trucks barreling down the road very close to the campground. Needless to say not the relaxing camp trip I was hoping for. The spot I had, spot 2, was very open to all people walking by on 3 sides of the spot. The campground was very busy for being there during the week. On the plus side there were flush toilets in the main campground area and they had a later check out of 1400. The trail leading from the campground was also a nice trail.