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Southern Oregon Hikes

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Southern Cascades

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Crater Lake National Park
The Watchman Hike Easy 1.6 420 Short hike with switchbacks to one of the best views over Crater Lake
Garfield Peak Hike Moderate 3.5 1115 Stunning hike along the rugged rim of Crater Lake to an 8,000 foot viewpoint
Union Peak Hike Moderate 11 1600 Huge views from Thielsen to Shasta; oldest mountain in the park; no crowds; no entrance fee
The Pinnacles Hike Easy 1.2 60 View colorful spires on a short hike along the rim of Wheeler Creek Canyon

Mountain Lakes Wilderness
Aspen Butte Hike Moderate 12 2500 High point of the wilderness; big views; lakes

Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness
Abbott Butte Hike Easy 7 1500 Big views; historic lookout tower; wildflower meadows
Fish Lake Loop Hike Difficult 13 1900 Big views; lake; wildflower meadows

Sky Lakes Wilderness
Devils Peak Loop Hike Difficult 13.7 3100 Easy scramble to a prominent summit; big views; lakes
Judge Waldo Tree Hike Moderate 14.5 1500 Lots of lakes; visit a unique piece of Oregon's history
Sky Lakes Loop Hike Moderate 14.7 1600 Lots of lakes; some views from the PCT
Fourmile Lake Loop Hike Difficult 17 1500 Lots of lakes; good camping and fishing; Judge Waldo Tree

Soda Mountain Wilderness
Pilot Rock Hike Moderate 2.8 1010 Short steep hike with some fantastic views
Boccard Point Hike Moderate 10 1200 Introduction to the Soda Mountain Wilderness; views; wildflowers
Lone Pilot Loop Hike Difficult 17 3000 Access to the Soda Mountain Wilderness; wildflowers; early season hiking

Klamath Mountains

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Rogue River Area
Rogue River Hike Moderate 39.5 2000 Classic hike/backpack along the Rogue River; watch the river rafters
Upper Rogue River Hikes Moderate 47 1000 Seven section hikes along the Upper Rogue; waterfalls; rapids; pumice cliffs

Oregon Caves National Monument
Oregon Caves Loop Hike Easy 1.2 300 Guided tour through underground marble chambers with many formations
Big Tree Loop Hike Moderate 3.7 1380 Loop through different Siskiyou vegetation zones to Oregon's biggest Douglas-fir

Siskiyou Mountains: East
Grizzly Peak Hike Moderate 5.4 750 Early summer wildflowers and spectacular views
Wagner Butte Hike Moderate 10.4 2200 Easy access from I-5; spectacular views summer and winter; winter/snow hiking possibilities

Siskiyou Mountains: West
Illinois River Hike Difficult 30 4000 A unique hike above the Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness; shorter options are available
Mule Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 10.6 2800 Spring wildflowers; views from Baldy Peak; large old-growth firs
Little Grayback Hike Moderate 11 2200 Views from Squaw Peak; Spring wildflowers; visit an historic lookout
Kerby Peak Hike Moderate 7 2600 Panoramic views from the summit; Spring wildflowers; historic lookout site; Brewer's Spruce

Northern California

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Red Buttes Wilderness (OR/CA)
Azalea Lake via Steve Fork Hike Moderate 13 2200 Views; charming lake; good camping
Cook and Green Loop Hike Difficult 15.5 3500 Expansive views; pretty lake; PCT
Swan Mountain Hike Moderate 7.2 1800 Views; historic structure; small lake; summit

Marble Mountain Wilderness
Marble Valley Hike Moderate 13 2400 Views; lakes; historic structure; PCT; good camping
Campbell Lake Hike Moderate 13 2100 Lakes; good camping and fishing; PCT

Trinity Alps Wilderness
Trinity Alps Granite Lake Horseshoe Lake Hike Difficult 27 7000 An introduction to the Trinity Alps - alpine granite similar to the Wallowas
Trinity Alps Long Canyon to Emerald Lake Hike Difficult 34 8000 I wouldn't so much recommend this hike as defined, but use pieces of it to construct the hike you desire
Trail Gulch Loop Hike Moderate 10 2300 Uncrowded access to the northern Trinity Alps; pretty lakes in a subalpine setting
East Boulder Lake Loop Hike Moderate 10 1900 Uncrowded access to the northern Trinity Alps; PCT; views; pretty lakes in a subalpine setting
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