Bull of the Woods Loop Trail is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Detroit, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
My wife and I were only able to make it in a few miles. Many trees, some very large have fallen across the trail at times obscuring it. If it is cleared we might try it again. Until then we will pass.
We did a simple loop starting and ending at Pansy Lake Trailhead. We hiked trails 551,558 and 573 to Twin Lakes, camping at Upper Twin Lakes. Many great sites on either side of the trail there. We attempted to visit Lower Twin but the trail was in very rough shape and only got to within 100 yards of the lake before we turned back. Would recommend skipping Lower lake.
The next day we hiked 573 to 544 around Battle Ax and down to Elk Lake. The trail was tough along the shoulders of Battle Ax. Finished the day on 559 and camped at the junction of 558 & 559. Very nice sites.
The last day we forded Battle Creek and attempted 557 to climb up to Bull of the Woods Mtn. The trail was in very rough shape going through the burn site with many down trees and a poor trail. We turned back after first mile. Fording Mother Lode Creek, we hiked 558 and 551 back to the car.
Weather was rainy and cool the first 2 days so we did not get to enjoy the scenery. Day 3 was sunny and nice and we were able to enjoy the spectacular views especially Mt Jefferson. Many of the trails have numerous trees across the trails and go through burned areas. Water is plentiful even on Labor Day weekennd of a dry year. Total about 24 miles for the weekend.