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Brown Mountain Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Butte Falls, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views
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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

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.

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Kristina Cartwright
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Smokey, dusty, but fun!

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Marta T.
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Alexander Shurygin
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Emily C
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Hiked 05/24/20: no snow and no mud, some trees downed on trail but easy to climb over. There technically is no turnaround point, so I assume if you keep going you would eventually reach Fish Lake like the sign at the trailhead says. Went about 2.8 miles until junction with what seemed like a snow mobile route “candy cain loop”, for little over 5 miles round trip. Beautiful views and a significant portion of the hike is going through lava fields which is pretty cool! Directions from Medford: follow Highway 140 until junction with Forest Service Road 37 (like going to fish lake trailhead). Turn right onto 37 and follow for a couple of miles until you reach Forest Service Road 3705 on the left hand side. Follow 3705 for approximately 3.5 miles, paved single vehicle road with turnouts. On the left hand side will be a dirt road with marker 900 and a sign that says “Brown Mtn. Trails”. Either find a spot to park on the dirt road or park on the side of 3705 and walk maybe two minutes to the trailhead.

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Mike Ziegler
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We hiked in about 2 miles and then found the path was under about 6" of water for at least 100 yards. We couldn't find a decent way around, (swampy and snowy), so we turned back. On the way back to the trail-head we decided to go south on the PCT and that was very worthwhile. But we only got to the southern edge of the lava fields before we ran into snow that we were not prepared to navigate. It was a worthwhile outing but we'll wait a month before going back.

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Cesar Robles
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The lava flows on this trail are worth visiting once. They truly contrast from the green forest and makes it a sight worth seeing. Easy to moderate hike with on and off shade.

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Gerald Holt
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Great hike on very well maintained trail. Excellent trail construction across several lava fields. The hike is easy and good to see the difficulty updated to easy since earlier reviews. Great views of Mt. McLoughlin at several points. The hike does not have a marked end point so you can continue on past the turn around point on a very well maintained trail.

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Jennifer Giusto
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This was far from a difficult hike. It really should be labeled as easy. Very little elevation gain and a great maintained trail. We seen quite a few families out here and bicyclists.

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Kari Simons
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Very easy trail with very gradual elevation changes, nothing hard. Hiked in mid-May 2018, about 4 miles in & back & no snow on the lower portion this year. Pretty views of Mt. McLouthlin & the lava flows. Lots of highway noise about 90% of the hike, but nothing too irritating. Not challenging for an avid hiker, more of a nature walk than hike. Trail very well maintained. Make note of which trail you come from at junctions, for your return. Would be great for kids. Pleasant day out & about.

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

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Jennifer McDaniel
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Beautiful hike! We hiked farther than the listed mileage and then some into the forest north of the lava fields. We came across a fair amount of other hikers the day were were out. Everyone was friendly and courteous. The views and landscape of this trail are stunning! I wish we'd have taken more time to just sit and enjoy the view. The trail is very well maintained, easy to follow, and not really all that difficult (no steep ups or downs). Definitely recommend this one!

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David Grammer
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Beautiful day. Not sure why it is rated as hard.

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Sarah Brandenburg
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nice views!

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N. M.
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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.

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George McKee
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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.

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Tarah D
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Chris Butler
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Emma Marris
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Andy Herndon
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Brittney Reynolds
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Marta T.
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Jared Nichol
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Mikelle Duke
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Mikelle Duke
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Mikelle Duke
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Stephanie Pratt
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Meghan O'Toole
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Ryan Murray
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Brad Pankalla
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Amy & Michael Conkey
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