Collings Mountain Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

Collings Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jacksonville, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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This trail features views of the Siskiyou Crest and Applegate Lake and passes an inactive Bigfoot Trap and a number of mine adits (tunnels with one entrance). Named for two brothers who mined in this vicinity during the 1850s and 1860s. Beginning across the street from Hart-tish Park, the trail drops down to Grouse Creek. An abandoned miners cabin and an inactive Sasquatch (Bigfoot) trap are encountered about 0.75 mile up the trail. Several mine adits are found along the trail. Leaving Grouse Creek, the trail climbs steeply for one mile to the ridge top, gaining 1,000 foot elevation, and begins a long traverse of the western slope of Collings Mountain. Excellent panoramic views of the Applegate Lake and the Siskiyou Crest are seen at several locations along the trail. Trees encountered along the trail include old growth Douglas fir, sugar pine and ponderosa pine. Pacific madrone, white oak and Saddler oak can also be found. Silk tassle and manzanita are common brush species. After traversing below the ridge line for 2 miles, the trail then descends steadily for 3 miles to Watkins Campground. The last 0.5 mile of trail passes through the 62 acre Watkins fire that burned in 1981.

10 days ago

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2 months ago

Great trail. The miners shack has since fallen down; look for a flattened pile of wood on your right. Turn left there to get to the bigfoot trap.

2 months ago

Easy trail, pictueresque, with a lake across the street to cool off when your done with the hike.

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4 months ago

Very straightforward up and down hike, not a lot of downhill on the climbing​ section if you start from Hart-Tish. Great views of small surrounding area.

Super easy to follow trail when there's​ no snow. No blazes to be found though.

Fresh bear scat on the ridge. Saw no snakes. Plenty of ticks and some poison oak. None of the above were too sketchy or terrible for a May hike.

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5 months ago

It was a nice hike. I did the grouse loop trail (right next to Collings mtn trailhead), but it didn't seem like enough for the day, so I hiked this one after that just to the ridge. Definitely a good climb and a couple really nice views.

6 months ago

This trail really felt strenuous. I think perhaps because it is relatively short (3+mi to the summit) it is rated moderate but it feels harder than that. The views of the surrounding mountains were spectacular. The Applegate lake was pretty. other than those two, it was a steep trail in our beautiful Oregon wildness.

6 months ago

hiked it 3 times...

7 months ago

lots of downed trees the first mile with the creek rerouted onto the trail for a section. Once you got passed that it was fine until the thick snow towards the top. thankfully a trail runner came the opposite direction so i followed his prints. I would have not known where the trail was otherwise because of the snow. Not many scenic overlooks as I was hoping. Decent trail overall.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

This trail is a nice trail, it is alot up hill. need some bud spray too. hiked 3 miles and was a great work out.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wished we had put a car at other end point where it comes out to the road. we were really tired, when we hit the end. someone actually stopped and offered a ride( I took them up on it). beautiful views.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The first part of the hike to the Bigfoot trap was easy, the rest of the way to the top of the Mountain should be called butt kicker.
Difficult hike not moderate. has a few great views never got to the end but did make it to the top. there was an old mine a quater of the way up and found a Morrell mushroom half way up.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Harder then we thought

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

We hiked up to the Bigfoot trap last weekend. It is great! The miner's cabin is now knocked down and in a pile. However, be very careful. We were taking pictures of the cabin and heard a rattle and looked down and a HUGE rattlesnake was moving and rattling between us. It just moved on across the path between us as we stood still in stunned silence. I did get a great photo but we then moved on after it went under the cabin ruble. We saw a 2nd one just before we got to the road. So be careful!!!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The short hike to the (world's first and only) big foot trap at the beginning of the trail is worth the laughs (and a photo), but careful, rattlesnakes have been seen in the area. The trap has been disabled, so it can no longer capture Squatch nor the much more frequent human visitors. There's also a fallen-down caretaker's cabin.