Bull of the Woods Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.
Directions from Estacada: Travel south on Hwy. 224 for 25.6 miles (approximately .50 mile past Ripplebrook Guard Station) and turn right onto Rd. 46. On Road 46 travel 3.5 miles south and turn right onto Rd. 63. On Road 63 travel 5.7 miles and turn right onto Road 6340. On Road 6340 travel 7.8 miles and you will come to a fork in the road (6340 and 6341). Stay to the left (which is still 6340) and follow it for approximately 1.5 miles until you come to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road. The trail takes off to the right of the road.
excellent the trail was a wonderful trail with ups and downs but once at the top its all worth it
OK the drive to get there sucks then the trail is hella overgrown and trees fallen everywhere the trail is defiantly not maintained the only reward is the view at the top you can see Hood ,Jefferson , Three finger Jack and the Sisters it's kinda like the view from Larch Mt. summit just shorter and way less traveled
It's not the best-kept trail, and it's not the most friendly, but after going 3+miles "out" to the fire/lookout tower and camping out for a while, the "back" seems markedly more pleasant. I'll throw-in a couple pics, but google the exact phrase "Bull of the Woods Lookout Hike 550" to see some maps, some more pics, and some info. The image of the tower is from a guy named "bobcat" supplied that shot for the Portland Hikers site. The other shots are mine.
The tower is a pretty amazing place to hike out to and lunch it up, or to spend the night. I did it on a rainy fall day--the vegetation was lush and the solitude wonderful.