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Southern Oregon Hikes

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide



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Klamath Mountains


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Umpqua Valley
South Umpqua Riverfront Hike Easy 5.2 130 Hike the trail system on the north bank of the South Umpqua River in Roseburg


Applegate River Area
Cathedral Hills Loop Hike Easy 3.8 425 Hike a network of trails in hills just south of Grants Pass
Fish Hatchery Park Loop Hike Easy 1.5 140 Follow a numbered nature trail in this county park on the Applegate River
Bolt Mountain Hike Moderate 6.6 1280 Hike up Jeffrey pine and madrone slopes to a summit above the Applegate


Rogue River and Bear Creek Valleys
Rogue River Greenway Hike Easy 7.1 25 Follow trails along the Rogue River in Valley of the Rogue State Park
Upper Table Rock Loop Hike Easy 3.5 730 Hike up to an andesite plateau with vernal pools and expansive views
Roxy Ann Peak Loop Hike Moderate 3.5 730 Loop up to a viewpoint in Medford's wonderful Prescott Park
Lithia Park Loop Hike Easy 3.1 345 Loop up and down Ashland Creek in Ashland's signature park


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


Wild Rogue Wilderness
Mount Bolivar Hike Moderate 2.8 1160 Short, steep wilderness hike to a former lookout site with views
Rogue River Hike Moderate 40 2000 Classic hike/backpack along the Rogue River; watch the river rafters
Wild Rogue Loop Hike Moderate 29 3700 An amazing loop through the Wild Rogue Wilderness; Hanging Rock; old-growth forests; Rogue River


Kalmiopsis Wilderness
Vulcan Peak Hike Moderate 2.6 935 Hike to an old lookout site with sweeping views of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness
Vulcan Lake Loop Hike Moderate 3.9 890 Hike to two mountain lakes and use an unmaintained trail to reach the Gardner Mine
Illinois River Hike Difficult 30 4000 A unique hike above the Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness; shorter options are available


Siskiyou Mountains: West
Windy Valley Hike Moderate 3.8 610 Hike through the Chetco Bar Burn to a beautiful meadow in a lush valley
West Fork Illinois River Loop Hike Easy 3.8 680 Loop hike through mixed forest in the Illinois River Forks State Park
Rough and Ready Flat Hike Easy 0.6 20 Universal access trail at a botanical wayside
Kerby Peak Hike Moderate 7 2600 Panoramic views from the summit; Spring wildflowers; historic lookout site; Brewer's Spruce
Mule Mountain Loop Hike Difficult 11.9 4000 Views from Baldy Peak; wildflowers; creekside hiking; Only accessible via upper trailhead
Little Grayback Hike Moderate 11 2200 Views from Squaw Peak; spring wildflowers; visit an historic lookout


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


Red Buttes Wilderness Area (Oregon)
Bolan Mountain Hike Moderate 4.0 945 Loop around Bolan Lake and then hike up to the Bolan Mountain Lookout
Tanner Lakes Loop Hike Moderate 8.3 1880 Loop hike (with a little off-trail) to two lakes and a mountain with views
Swan Mountain Hike Moderate 7.2 1800 Views; historic structure; small lake; summit


Southern Cascades


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
North Umpqua River
Susan Creek Falls Hike Easy 1.6 105 Short hike off Highway 138 to a forest waterfall
Fall Creek Falls Hike Easy 2.2 380 Hike up through a mossy, bouldery old growth forest to view a three-tiered waterfall
McDonald Homestead Hike Moderate 5.0 995 Explore old growth on the North Umpqua River; then hike up to the remains of a small cabin
Zane Grey Campsite Hike Moderate 7.5 355 Hike the Mott Segment of the North Umpqua Trail to the mouth of Fisher Creek
Pine Bench Hike Moderate 5.8 1280 Hike to a wide old-growth bench and canyon viewpoint in the Boulder Creek Wilderness
Toketee Falls Hike Easy 0.8 120 Picturesque waterfall that plunges into an amphitheater of columnar basalt
Watson Falls Loop Hike Easy 0.8 360 Short loop hike past old-growth trees to a tall waterfall
Lemolo Falls via North Umpqua Trail Hike Easy 3.5 450 Hike a scenic stretch of the North Umpqua to the river's highest waterfall


Mount Thielsen Wilderness
Tipsoo Peak Hike Moderate 6.2 1505 Gradual hike to a cinder cone on the Cascade crest
Mount Thielsen Hike Difficult 9.4 3780 Follow a climber's trail to high on Mt. Thielsen; steep 80-foot scramble to the summit


Diamond Lake Area
Silent Creek Hike Easy 2.0 85 Lovely stroll along a winding subalpine creek


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


Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness
Grasshopper Mountain Hike Moderate 7.3 2075 Hike past two mountain lakes to a former lookout site
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


Upper Rogue River
Upper Rogue River Hikes Moderate 47 1000 Seven section hikes along the Upper Rogue; waterfalls; rapids; pumice cliffs


Sky Lakes Wilderness
Rogue Wolf Loop Hike Difficult 27.8 4400 Middle Fork Rogue River; PCT; lakes; solitude
Devils Peak Loop Hike Moderate 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 Moderate 17 1500 Lots of lakes; good camping and fishing; Judge Waldo Tree
Puck Lake Hike Easy 5.3 615 Short hike into a serene wilderness lake


Mountain Lakes Wilderness
Aspen Butte Hike Moderate 12 2500 High point of the wilderness; big views; lakes
Lake Harriette Hike Moderate 12.2 1790 Day hike or backpack to the biggest lake in the wilderness
Mountain Lakes via Varney Creek Hike Difficult 16.8 2870 Hike up a creek to join the loop around the Mountain Lakes Basin


Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Pilot Rock Hike Moderate 2.8 1010 Short steep hike with some fantastic views
Lone Pilot Loop Hike Difficult 17 3000 Access to the interior of the Soda Mountain Wilderness; wildflowers; early season hiking
Green Springs Mountain Loop Hike Easy 2.9 340 Easy loop using the PCT, with views and wildflowers
Hobart Bluff Hike Easy 2.4 360 Short hike along the PCT to a rocky viewpoint
Soda Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 6.4 1090 Hike the PCT to Little Pilot Peak and then loop up to Soda Mountain
Boccard Point Hike Moderate 10 1200 Introduction to the Soda Mountain Wilderness; views; wildflowers


Klamath Basin


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Williamson River
Collier State Park Loop Hike Easy 4.1 115 Visit a logging museum and walk along the Williamson River and Spring Creek


Sprague River
Devils Garden from Switchback Hill Loop Hike Moderate 4.4 320 From the OC & E Woods Line State Trail, go cross-country to explore an ancient volcano


Gearhart Mountain Wilderness
Gearhart Mountain Hike Moderate 12.2 2520 Hike through weathered rock formations to a viewpoint and lush mountain meadows


Klamath Falls
Moore Park Nature Trail Loop Hike Easy 1.1 155 Loop through ponderosa parkland with views of Upper Klamath Lake
Link River Hike Easy 3.4 85 Level hike with lots of bird life along a canal and tumbling river


Northern California


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Red Buttes Wilderness Area (California)
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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