Chucksney Mountain Trail

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Chucksney Mountain Trail is a 11 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakridge, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.0 miles
2496 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking




Directions from Blue River: Proceed 4 miles east on Hwy. 126, turn right onto Rd. 19 (Aufderheide Forest Drive) for 26 miles,turn right into the Box Canyon Horse Camp. Trailhead is on right. Hike up Grasshopper Trail #3569 for 0.25 miles to the junction of Chucksney Trail on the right. Trailhead has parking lot, Box Canyon Horse Camp, corrals, ramp and toilets.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I hiked Chucksney Mountain on June 25 via Chucksney Trail and then Grasshopper Trail on the way back to make it a loop.

The total distance is just about 11 Miles... but felt like 15 or 16 due to a large number of blowdowns on both trails (Chucksney being the worst). As I did not see a single soul for the whole 6 hours I surmise that more astute hikers may have gotten news that the House Keeping crew had not yet gotten to clear all the fallen trees. Climbing over, ducking under, bushwhacking my way around, walking on a couple logs for 200 feet in one case made this medium distance hike a rather challenging one. The trails (especially Chucksney again) was overgrown in many places. On the "challenges" side I can also mention the bugs and mosquitoes at the top (thank you Bug Spray!).

If you are lucky enough to find the trail "spruced up" this would be a rather enjoyable forest walk or workout depending on your shape. There are a few views on the way up Chucksney trail but the best is really from the top where you can see many peak of the Cascades (Diamond Peak, Bachelor, the three Sisters, Broken Top, Jefferson...even Hood.

If you are only doing this hike for the views, its a long way to go; but maybe, like me, you find many pleasures in spending a few hours following a trail :-)

Monday, August 04, 2014