Wagner Butte Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ashland, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October.
Directions from Ashland: Travel west on Highway 66 1.4 miles past the Ashland Ranger Station to Siskiyou Boulevard. Turn right on to Siskiyou Boulevard, and continue for 6 miles to Rapp Road in Talent (Siskiyou Boulevard becomes Highway 99 north). Turn left on to Rapp Road and drive 1 mile to the junction of Wagner Creek Road and then drive 8 miles to the junction with Forest Road # 22. Turn left on to road #22 and continue 2 miles to a large parking area on the right. The trailhead begins to the left of the road.
This trail was amazing! Definitely some inclines but totally doable. The Meadows caught pockets of chilly air to dip in and out of. My favorite part was how much the scenery changed from grassy Meadows to old growth trees and wildflowers. Took 3 hours up and 2.5 back. This home is more like 11 miles total. Keep heading up and you will not be disappointed!
the first 2-3 miles are killer. the views are amazing
Well worth the view on top!
Great hike. getting there on the logging road takes some patience.
Hike yesterday. The flowers were beautiful. View spectacular.
This trail is absolutely gorgeous. The first three miles are an uphill battle with amazing trees and views to ease the burn, and the last two miles to the butte are basically a switchback with beautiful wildflower and manzanitas.
Alltrails should NOT call this a 5.2-miler, as there's no way to get picked up from the top of the butte (unless you have a philanthropic friend with a helicopter!). This is a 10-mile trail, out and back. Make it to the butte though! The views are epic-- you can see all the wonder of the rogue valley.
Make sure you bring your trekkin poles, plenty of water, and a good snack for the top!
Amazing views at the top! Traveling up you get to experience various ecosystems, this is one I would definitely hit!
No matter if you followed a trail or just pulled over on the highway and made your own it was breathtaking.
Hiked this trail 3-30-2014 in the snow. It was amazing. There were times we trudged through snow that was over a foot deep. Some of the time it was snowing. Great rewards at the top with wonderful views. Also hiked this on 7-9-2014 and 5-30-2015.
Great hike! It's steep - took 3 hours (slow pace) to hike 5.2 miles up and 2 1/2 to get down. Once you get to the top there are some boulders to climb, this is where you get to see the views - which are so worth it!!! Pack a lunch and a lot of water. Had my French bulldog with me and he enjoyed the hike too! Boulders were a little challenging for him but he made it too.
beautiful view this time with a couple inches of snow.
Great hike !!!
This hike was 10.3 miles roundtrip, fantastic views. When following the directions to get there, the road "Brick Pile Rd/NF-22 was NOT marked, so if traveling up Wagner Creek you will come to a "Y" in the road--go Left and you will end up at the trailhead!! Total cardio workout!!! My friend and I started our hike a little late in the day, so we really had to hike fast to get out of the forest before nightfall-we did it with 8 mins to spare...lol It is well worth going all the way to the top!!!!
February 1, 2014. I drove to check out the access to the trailhead for some friends who will be in the area tomorrow. The road had a few spots of frost but was easy to drive. I decided to hike half way up the trail. It took 1 hour and 4 minutes to go 2.5 miles. The 5 miles hike I did took 1 hour and 53 minutes. I had my 2 dogs who had to mark several bushes and trees and I took several pictures on the way up. If the weather continues to be this mild, I plan on doing the entire hike in a couple of weeks. Quite a few people on the trail for February and lots of dogs too!!!
Very nice work out. Took us 4.5 hours up and 3 hours down... we were not rushing it. Bring Lunch and Plenty of Water! Long incline at start and spectacular view at look out. Great panoramic view of the rogue valley and Northern California. Mt. Shasta, Mt Ashland, Mt McLoughlin, Pilot Rock, Table Rocks, Emigrant Lake. Ashland, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. Medford Airport. Lots of. Blue Sky, Green Mountains and Beautiful Landscape.
Wagner Butte is one of my all time favorite hiking trails. Note that it is 5.2 miles one way or RT distance of 10.4 miles with 2200 ft of elevation gain. The trail starts out in a conifer forest, passes through several wildflower rich wet meadows and then on to sagebrush meadows as well as a mountain mahogany stand. Further on, it winds through an aspen grove, past several springs and ends at an old lookout site with specatular views of the whole Rogue basin, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Shasta as well as the Marble Mountains, Red Buttes and Grayback Mountain (another excellent hike). This is Hike #60 in Sullivan's "100 Hikes in Southern Oregon" - 2nd edition. Check it out. You'll particulary love this trail if you're into either wildfowers or a good workout or both.