Pilot Rock Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashland, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.8 miElevation gain810 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Relatively easy until last 1/2 mike when it starts getting steep. To scramble to the top of the rock takes a bit of rock climbing and is not great for those who are scared of heights. Know your limits! Dogs not recommended for this last part of the climb.

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Jacob Golden
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HikingGreat!

I've hiked this trail and climbed the rock more than a dozen times now. I've been to many places in the world, and still today the top of pilot rock is my favorite place to be. I can't recommend it enough.

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Sydney Ostrom
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Couldn’t drive all the way up to the trailhead because of snow, and also couldn’t make it all the way to the top because we forgot our snowshoes, but it was beautiful out! Will bring snowshoes for next time

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Misha Ownsbey
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HikingScramble

I loved this hike. Such a beautiful trail. The scramble to the top I had to unfortunately skip because of slick shoes. But from what I heard from the group that went up it was worth the scramble.

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Marta Hurley
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HikingIcy

This hike was beautiful. We started below the fog, went through it, then above it right at the base of the rock. There were some very slippery spots with ice, so I definitely recommend bringing waking sticks. Pretty steep in spots but made for a great workout!

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Dennis Brodsky
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HikingGreat!

The trail was greatly shaded for the warm day. Lots of colors of trees and scrubs yellow and brown purples through the Forrest . The pilot rock itself was a amazing monolith that made the hike worthwhile . Couldn’t see Shasta due to smoke. But the smoke that surrounded the 360 area reiterated the serverity of the fire crisis.

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Emily McMillan
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Awesome view. Good hike with some rock climbing at the end.

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Tim G
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I’ve probably gotten soft or maybe took the wrong line - but the final scramble to the very top through the chimney felt like class 4 not class 3. If you want to do it, bring a buddy and good scrambling shoes. Only do it if the rock is totally dry. I wish I’d had my climbing shoes to be honest as some of the ledges were thin. Views of Shasta at the very top are awesome though. Do not try the scramble unless you have a lot of climbing experience! It’s still a good hike even if you just go to the rock and avoid the scramble. Then I’d say it’s a moderate / easy. Not the road to get to the lot is pretty sketchy as well. I wouldn’t do it without at least an suv as the rocks are pretty jagged the last 2 miles.

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Zachary Halstead
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Lindsay Vermillion
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Great hike! Easy for the first bit and then it’s a scramble to the top, steep but short. Wear good shoes & bring water!

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Curtis Born
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, mostly in the shade and about 1.6 miles to get to Pilot Rock and then it is a steep climb to the top.

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Mercedes Cervantes
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HikingOver grown

Spotted and called in the CA Badger fire east of Shasta when you look south. Incredible trail. The rock walls and drainage systems are built really well. Shoutout to the trail workers!

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Mark Salter
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Hiking

Always a lovely hike/climb

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Henry Hampton
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Sweet sweet trail for running... mostly soft forest floor so it’s great on the feet’s.. a little bit of rock scree loose once you get to the rock itself... then it’s a scramble. Pretty much straight up the chimney. Take note: The OPTIONAL climb to the top of Pilot Rock is not hard for those comfortable on high 3rd class rock. But scrambling ability, care, and dexterity are required. This climb should only be attempted when the rock is dry - basalt is notoriously slick when wet. The climb starts straight up a wide chimney past a large chockstone - this is the crux. Go up, do not be lured out on to the wide ledge running south like I was! After passing the chockstone, the route becomes less steep and you follow the sweep of basalt on good handholds and footholds to the top

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Tamara Carluccio
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Nice progressive uphill... Got my heart rate going once the switchbacks started, mostly shaded until you get to the chimney part. The rock scramble was definitely doable, but there was one particular spot where I had a little trouble getting up to the next foothold... 3 extra inches on my legs would have helped! I hiked with company and was able to get a hand so I could reach the next foothold... I’m sure I would have figured it out if I was solo but I probably will mostly do this hike with a friend in the future. And the view.... WOW. Couldn’t be a bigger bang for your buck. Next time I’ll hang out there for a while longer.

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McKenzie Minica
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful views with wind to invigorate on top too!! Definitely use caution as you work your way up the rock. Advice shared with us was to follow the crevice/crack up (not to go right, even though it will look good...turns into a drop off). Recommend doing the hike with a buddy to help find hand and footholds in a couple tricky spots (safety), ideally someone who has made the trek up the rock before. I would NOT try on a wet day due to slippery rock surfaces.

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Brad Snyder
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Good hike. Definitely some incline. Doesn’t feel like it’s only 800ft elevation feels like more but amazing view

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Brooklyn Johnston
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Best view in southern Oregon. Today was my first time on the trail and it’s mind blowing. If you want to make the final rock climb up it is not for the faint of heart, but worth the view. Met a very nice gentleman at the very top and was told the best time to go up is mid summer. I’ll definitely be going back.

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Monique Redmon
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absolutely gorgeous trail. wildflowers, mountain views. PCT runs through it. you can get all kinds of miles on this one. I logged in 5.27 Rock scrambling to get to top of Pilot Rock. loose rock, pretty dangerous. use caution. Overall though without full climb to the top such a gorgeous area to explore.

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First mile easy grade until the trail splits. Easy to see and well marked. Second mile is steep switchbacks, rocky and chossy at the top. You only really get good views if you climb up the rock. I tried to get up the steep crux on the left hand side but couldn’t. It is more than a scramble at that point, going into a grade 4 move. You can also choose to cut across some very suspicious and loose unstable rocks and go up the right hand side and climb this up to a high point. This allows great views of Shasta with still slightly dicey exposure for a routine hike, but definitely worth doing if you are careful. We took our dogs to the top of switchbacks and then each went up on our own without them. Climbing the rock itself too dangerous for dogs and kids. If you have two people (and no dogs) I think you could get up the steep crux section, so we may try that again at some point.

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Kevin Stevens
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not bad, cool trail, def worth it

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Nicole Edwards
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HikingSnow

We didn’t even make it to the trail head. 0.8 miles from it the snow was too deep for us to chance getting stuck on a 1 lane road & have to back up down hill.. snowing again this weekend guess we will wait another month or so.

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Curtis Moroni
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oOoliver Big Hike Monkey Boi
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Patchy ice/snow on the way. PCT side is less wet and snowy, fastest route to the butte during winter months. Last stretch between the cracks are ice sheets and extremely slippery. This made it unable to proceed to the top. I tried the right route but ran into the same problem. Fun climbing around rocks for a few hours spelling ten views of the west.

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Brady Bjorklund
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HikingIcy

Very icy! Great hike though. Wouldn't recommend trying the switchbacks without some sort of traction. Make sure you keep right on the way out.

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