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Cook and Green Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking up the trail toward Cook and Green Pass (B. Hope)
View of the Red Buttes (B. Hope)
View of Mt. Shasta from the Echo Lake junction (B. Hope)
Looking down on Echo Lake (B. Hope)
Map of the Cook & Green Loop (B. Hope)


Hike Description

The Cook and Green Trail offers opportunities for fishing, camping and viewing a diverse forest ecosystem. The name Cook and Green is derived from Robert Cook and two Green brothers who were partners in several mining ventures in this vicinity during the 1870s and 1880s.

The Cook and Green Trail (#959) starts up the slope south of the trailhead parking. Trail #959 is a well-graded and easy trail that climbs 8.2 miles to a junction with the PCT and FR 1055 at Cook and Green Pass. From there, go southwest (right) on the PCT for 2.6 miles to a junction with the Horse Camp Trail (#958) and turn down (north) on that trail past Echo Lake (which you can easily reach via a short detour). Below Echo Lake, you'll likely have to pay close attention to avoid losing Trail #958 in the meadows. Below 4,700' this trail becomes obvious and descends rapidly to the Horse Camp trailhead, a total of 3.9 miles from the PCT. From that trailhead, it's a 0.5 mile walk north on FR 1040 to the Cook and Green Lower Trailhead.

The description above assumes you are doing the loop clockwise, which makes the gain more gradual. It's locally more popular to do the loop counter-clockwise (as described in Sullivan's guide) so you get the 3.9 mile, 3500' gain right away. While you're less likely to lose the #958 trail coming up it, just be aware that it's the steepest trail in this wilderness.


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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology by Luke Ruediger
  • 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon by William L. Sullivan (Third Edition, Hikes #154 and #67)
  • Rogue River National Forest (Oregon) Location map (very useful for making sense of the forest roads)

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