Explore the most popular views trails in Rogue River National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow. AMAZING views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

hiking
8 days ago

Total distance was almost 10 miles on the dot. Great views of snowy mountains and Applegate Lake. Uphill all the way up, so I would suggest doing this in cooler weather. Rewarding view at the top.

Loved it. Did it yesterday and nobody was on the trail. Fantastic views. Highly recommend Mt Baldy. If you go there, be careful not to miss the correct turn off on the return route. It was deceiving and lost some time.

This hike is listed as "year round" I went there today, 4/2, and there's about 2 feet of snow...

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. Trail was very easy to follow and was challenging but not too tough. It's a fairly gradual climb and not just a whole bunch of switchbacks. There are a few good views on the way up and the panoramic view from the top is definitely worth it. Took about 4.5 hours total from start to finish including some time at the top for lunch. Minimal snow on the trail (3/26/18), no problem with regular hiking shoes. The gps pin on the app is spot on with parking right by the trailhead. This was probably my favorite hike in Oregon so far. We didn't see any wildlife during our hike but did hear some deep growling fairly close to us that I assume was a bear near the top. Just something to keep in mind.

hiking
25 days ago

If you're deciding whether or not to hike this trail, definitely do it. Highly recommend it, even if you don't intend to go all the way to Baldy Peak.

Two important points:
1. Trailhead & Parking: The trailhead is not marked with any signs, and is just a ramshackle gate directly across the road from the driveway of 12700 Upper Applegate Rd (the location pin is right on). It's easy to miss if you've never been. You can park about 300 ft past there on the right at a nice gravel pull off and walk back to the trailhead, or park on the shoulder next to the trailhead, but it's really small.

2. The trail continues on to Baldy Peak, providing better and better views the whole time. If you're going to go up and have the energy, definitely go all the way to the top of Baldy.

Trail was accessible and awesome in winter, even after a pretty substantial snow the night before. It's an uphill trudge, but well worth it. Give it a go.

Haven't been yet...I've researched this trail and it is impassible due to the fire that caused washout a couple of years ago. With that said, I believe the only way to reach this falls now is via the Stuart falls trail off of the PCT near Crater Lake which makes it a very long hike!

Beautiful!

Gorgeous!

Watch out for bears! Dad and sisters talked me into condemned lookout tower...rickety...don't do it!

Beautiful! Watch for the "Hippo" rock!

Nice views, great for older kids to explore the geological offerings of the area!

Great family hike replete with cave and Bigfoot trap, great ending point at the peak after enjoying lunch and the views! I've hiked this 5 times...each time great...plus the lake is right around the corner for a swim after :)

Strenuous! Great views...we went in August...too hot! I recommend going in Spring or Fall!

Great for kiddos...my Love proposed here!

This trail is my absolute favorite so far!
give your self plenty of day light tho I made the mistake of going up to late in the day and got stuck up there in the dark it was pretty scary so make sure to bring a flashlight or 2 in case you cut it close. I got turned around pretty bad once it got dark. The trail is pretty steep going up and a narrow path. No cell service, beautiful views, got to see some deer running down the side of the mountain and some pretty wild flowers in the summer, mushrooms, and several good look outs. I would mark this trail down as a must do. the trail head is sneaky I walk it the first couple times. the map on here will lead you to a little parking area you will walk down the road a bit and see the start of the trail with a sighn on your right it is a sharp right tho so be looking behind you if you feel you walked to far down the gravel road you probabky did. turn around you'll see it is almost immediatly on your right after the little parking area where you leave your car. also when you get to the summit there will be a small wooden sighn wiyh a foot trail going up the hill that the trail you are on is walking beside that is also easy to miss and I walked past and ended up at the start of another trail.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes around the Rogue Valley with easy access from Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and Medford. The drive up is cool, with a great parking area and a distinct sign at the trailhead.
The hike is hard though not the hardest, starting with a long uphill slog that is somewhat intense even if you are in shape. Solitude abounds, the trail is well-marked, and Sheep Creek Slide is awesome. I can't say enough about this hike. Not the hardest hike you can do, but requires a solid amount of effort so be prepared to do a little work.

This is a nice, easy to hike area.

You can get a nice view of the waterfall but, in my opinion, the area with the boulders is much nicer. The boulders are giant and you get great views of the rapids.

I don’t think the area is marked very well, and signage could use some help, but it’s not a massive area so you should be able to find your way around.

Gorgeous views on the way down!

Butt cheeks beware! There is a lot of incline on this one. I followed this exactly as it’s laid out and my Fitbit watch said it was 16.7 miles, so 1 mile longer than All Trails has it. You get 360 degree views because your essentially circling the mountains. About 6.5 miles of the total is walking from the parking lot to the Little Grayback Trail (3.62 miles) and from the gate on Upper Applegate at the end of the trails back to the parking lot (2.83 miles). The most dangerous part of the entire hike is the walk back to your vehicle on Upper Applegate. Use the All Trails app to GPS yourself when you get close to the connecting trails. The transition from Grayback to Trail 918 is not marked. When you get to the point of transition, go left and you’ll see a trail with a very steep decline that leads to a road that you can clearly see. The road is Trail 918 and it will dead-end at the Baldy Peak/Mule Trailhead. When you reach the next transition from 918 to 919, make sure you veer left. When you get to the bottom there is a sign that says Mule Mtn, veer right and it will take you to Upper Applegate Rd. Hope this helps. Happy hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy hike! Multiple falls and sights! My lazy 5 year old does it with ease!

I have hiked this trail on many occasions it has a few tough part but a nice hike. You can hike it to baldy mountain trail and continue on baldy mountain trail to the top where you will come out on a mountain road .when you reach the road you can go right the road a short way and you would come to mule creek trail and take it back down to mule mountain trail and back to your car. it takes me about 4 hour to complete this hike and I'm a avid hiker. it also possible to hike over to little gray back mountain trail. but you should have two vehicles to do this hike parking one at mule mountain trail head and and one at little gray back mountain trail head. Or leave a vehicle at one and get drop off at the other trail. but make sure you know the way too get from one trail to the other. If you are starting at mule mountain trail. Take mule mountain trail to baldy mountain trail turn right on baldy mountain trail following it until you reach the mountain road then follow the road probably a couple of miles until you come to where it intersect another road turn right at this junction then follow the road until you reach a four way intersection ( I would estimate it's about a 1/2 mile or so. when you reach the four way intersection turn right and follow this road about a 1/4 mile or so to little gray back mountain trail. you will past a road gate on this short section of the road and the makes a hard right and this is where the little gray back mountain trail starts keep a eye out because last time I've did this hike the trail head wasn't Marked very well. And I have done this hike coming from the other way. From little gray back mountain trail,and it took me a couple different try until I figured out how to get from one trail to the other trail. So if try this hike give your self plenty of time to do it and if you going from little gray back mountain trail to baldy mountain trail to mule mountain trail. You will want to make all the right turns left turns. And now I think there's signs letting you know the way too go.

The trail is currently closed

I wanted to scout this before I took my twin 7 year olds up here - glad I did. They are experienced hikers and the first 2+ miles would have been a bit much for them. Hiked this with my dog on a balmy 60+ degree in mid January. Good hike if you're looking for a nice workout and Don't want to see any other humans. Go mid week.

Love this trail, it's beautiful not super hard. Some nice fishing in some of the lakes also!

hiking
3 months ago

Very well maintained, beautiful trail. Great view from the summit though metal pipes (to prevent people from falling?) were kind of distracting. Snow patches here and there and slippery at places but nothing hard.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous hike today with A-mazing views of Shasta. Trail was only partially snow covered and I made it to the shelter easily with waterproof boots.

Great hike.... not to much up and down, and would be great for bikes although we walked... def do again.

Love this whole area. Plenty of different trails to choose from as well as a few different water fall sites.

Fairly strait forward and some fun elements like the Bigfoot trap. Trail was well maintained. Some nice views up top as well.

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