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Little Grayback Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Little Grayback trail climbing toward Hanley Gap (B. Hope)
The old Squaw Peak lookout (B. Hope)
The view west from the lookout, with Mt. McLoughlin in the distance (B. Hope)
Map of Little Grayback hike (B. Hope)
  • Start point: Little Grayback TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Little Grayback Trailhead
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Out-and-Back
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,800 feet
  • High Point: 4,984 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Backpackable: Yes (water may be an issue)
  • Crowded: No

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Hike Description

This is one of the more accessible of the hikes starting in or near the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon. It provides access to Squaw Peak, with its old lookout and great views. Barring an unusual snow event, it’s open year-round. In the spring (April - June), there are wildflowers in the south-facing meadows (called "balds") crossed by the trail. In the summer, an early start allows you to climb the arid south-facing balds and twisted oak woodlands in the cool of the morning.

From the trailhead, the trail climbs steadily, but easily, toward Hanley Gap. After 4 miles, the trail ends at FR 2010-340 about 0.5 miles west of Hanley Gap. You can end your hike here and just retrace your steps or you can continue on another 1.5 miles to the old lookout on Squaw Peak (yes!). To go to the peak, continue northeast on FR 2010-340 to a 4-way intersection at Hanley Gap and continue east (straight) on the road around the usually locked gate for a steep, but short, climb up to the lookout. The Forest Service is expected to make this lookout available for rental in 2016 (see recreation.gov link below).

The lookout has been taken out of active service but the met telemetery station next to it is operational and its data stream is accessible via the web (see link below).


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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology by Luke Ruediger (pages 110-113)
  • Rogue River National Forest (Oregon) Location map (very useful for making sense of the forest roads)

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