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Mule Mountain Loop Hike

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At Vista Point, overlooking the Illinois River Valley (bobcat)
Siskiyou iris (Iris bracteata), Big Tree Trail (bobcat)
Woodland phlox Phlox adsurgens), Big Tree Trail (bobcat)
The Big Tree (bobcat)
The loop shown in red (bobcat)
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  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 10.6 miles
  • Elevation gain: 2,800 feet
  • High Point: 4,300 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

TRAILHEAD: From I-5 Exit 30, take Hwy 230 west through Jacksonville for 8 miles to Ruch. Turn south on Applegate Road for 12.2 miles. The trailhead (with sign) is on the left (east) side of the road at Mile 12.1 and there is parking for 4-5 cars on the right (west) shoulder of the road at Mile 12.2.

This is the most readily accessible of the hikes starting in or near the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon. Barring an unusual snow event, it’s open year-round. 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 and then descend among the lush, cool maple and fir forests along Mule Creek Canyon as the day heats up.

After parking, walk back down the road to the sign and the start of the trail. The first 0.3 mile or so is through private land, so please stay on the trail. You will reach another trail sign once you cross on to USFS land. About 0.5 mile beyond this second sign, you will come to a trail junction: turn left here (the trail to the right is your return route). After another 3.4 miles, you will reach your high point, a grassy ridge on the side of Baldy Peak.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology by Luke Ruediger (pages 116-118)
  • 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon by William L. Sullivan (Third Edition, Hike #63)

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