Brown Mountain Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Klamath Falls, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
Directions from Ashland: Access #1 (Forest Road. #3705) Take Highway 66 east half a mile past the Ashland Ranger Station to the Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Highway and travel 22 miles to Forest road #37 (Big Elk Road). Turn left on to Forest road #37 and proceed 6 miles to forest road # 3705. Turn right onto road #3705 and continue 3.5 miles to the trailhead. Parking is available for 4 -5 vehicles using turnouts on the road. NOTE: If you have two vehicles leave one vehicle here and shuttle the second vehicle to Access #2. Park the second car there and hike a gentle downhill grade back to the first car. (Note that the trail description should now be read in reverse.)Access #2 (Forest Road. #3640) Follow directions to the trailhead in Access #1. From this trailhead, proceed southeast on road #3705 for 1 mile to the junction with forest road #3720 and continue for 1.5 miles to the junction with road # 700 and proceed 3 miles to road #3640. Turn left again and continue 1.5 miles to the intermediate trailhead. There is no developed parking, but a spur road about 200 feet north of the trail is adequate for two cars.
Hike was beautiful. Cold and scattered with snow. We didn't do the entire hike, but the trail was wide and the deep forest beautiful !!
We also hiked from 140 about three miles in, right to where the trail begins an obvious downgrade, then back. The trail is in fantastic shape, recently improved. The lava rocks are very cool looking, made me feel like I was on the moon. Views of McLaughlin are amazing on this trail. I would say the portion we completed was easy to moderate--certainly not difficult and required zero path finding.
We hiked this trail from highway 140 south about three miles and then back. It was a beautiful clear spring day, about 65 degrees mid day and still patches of snow in the shade. This trail skirts around a mountain made of lava and meanders in and out of the old flow. The trail is in excellent condition, improved with red pumice stones to make an even walkable path among the large boulders. Hiking back there are spectacular views of Mount McLoughlin. This stretch of the trail is not difficult, gradually gaining in elevation.