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Tire Mountain Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Tire Mountain Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westfir, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,341 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This easy hike most famous for it's amazing wildflower meadows is best done in the spring. In earlier days, a fire lookout, consisting of a platform on a topped tree and a three-sided shelter on the ground, was located on the large, flat top. Now the trail is best known for it's wildflower meadows. The trail crosses several steep sloped meadows located below rocky outcrops. These provide good views toward the southeast. Wildflowers grow profusely on the top and in the meadows. Best time to hike is early to mid June.

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5 months ago

Beautiful day. Lots of wildflowers left in the Meadows.

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5 months ago

Nice but longer than I thought

beautiful sunny day with all the glorious wild flowers in bloom!

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6 months ago

I hiked the Tire Mountain trail in mid-May, following the route shown on this trail's page. I give it 4 stars mostly for the "steep-slope meadows" and the wildflowers that strive there. There ARE a some views when the trail crosses the meadows; mostly, this means looking down on the valley around Oakridge, sighting Diamond Peak on the southeast horizon and, looking northeast at one point on the Alpine Trail, spotting the 3 sisters in the distance. As mentioned in other posts, the top of Tire Mountain offers a spacious and flat area, albeit w/o views, that can be a good snack/lunch spot to break the hike. I was a tad early in the season for the full wildflowers show but there were still enough "early birds" to make the 8-ish miles hike worth every step. While I was the first at the parking lot and on the trail at 8:30, bikers and hikers were a bit thick for the last 1.2 miles or so on the Alpine Trail portion before returning to the parking lot shortly after noon. The trail itself can be broken down in three sections: the Alpine Trail section (1.2 miles), the Tire Mountain traverse section (2 miles) and the Ascent to the top (.5 miles). The first two sections follow and cross ridgelines and are globally horizontal-ish with low grade roller-coaster profiles. The meadows are all found in the first 2 miles as the trail alternately goes through wooded and barren spots in a rather pleasant manner (never too shaded, never too hot...at least in May). After the well maintained (and more heavily traveled) Alpine trail, the 2 miles traverse to the foot of Tire Mountain is a narrower track with slightly more encroaching vegetation. The ascent to the top, via a handful of switchbacks, is even a bit more narrow and attention to footing a tad more important; this ascent is also the only really sustained uphill. That is however just for about .5 miles. Lastly, NF road 1910 was in good shape: the 8 miles from Aufderheide Dr / Hwy 19 were negotiable by any vehicle, with just a few shallow potholes, a gravel surface (some washboard) and a gentle grade. The parking area can easily accommodate more than a dozen cars just by the trailhead and more alongside the road.

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Tue Oct 02 2018

I did the summit via the trail head on the west side, off forest rd 5824. 5824 is off North shore rd, which follows lookout point and the North fork of the Willamette, across the river from hwy 58. It's not recommended to take a passenger car up this rd, but is passable with an AWD or 4x4. It's a cool offroad drive up the mountain. Just follow the "main" rd 5824 without turning off and you can't miss it. You will see a hiker symbol on the left next to a small parking area. From there the hike is 8.7 miles round trip and is an easy to moderate hike. Tons of giant old growth fir and cedars from 3' to 10' in diameter. Great hidden gem on that side, but still not a great view on the summit. Worth it for the trees alone. Great hike!

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Mon Aug 13 2018

Loved it!

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Sun Jun 17 2018

The Good: Definitely a trail for wildflowers but offers plenty of variety in scenery as you move between the forest and meadows. Not terribly strenuous at all but an easy going and very enjoyable hike. Obstacles: We did have a few friendly encounters with mountain bikes, overall bike traffic was minimal. We encountered a few muddy sections of the trail but nothing serious. Getting there: The last 6+ miles of the drive are a constant climb up a single-lane, gravel road with several turn outs. Not at all difficult as long as you slow down and enjoy the surroundings. We had no problem getting there in a minivan.

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Mon Jun 11 2018

A fantastic hike for wildflowers! You find them right away at the trailhead, and every turn brings more. We didn't go all the way to the mountain, just to what are referred to as "meadows", which are hillside gardens with many wonderful wildflowers. The second meadow had a mass of Arrowleaf balsamroot, and that was a good point to turn around at. Lots of mountain bikes, so be careful on the narrow trail

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Sat May 19 2018

I thought this trail was wonderful. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom. It is easy to follow. It’s a a light moderate, the isn’t a view at the top, but it’s nice to relax and get some sun

Mon May 07 2018

Amazing views and open fields on cliff sides. A must see!

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Sun Jun 18 2017

Did this hike yesterday. Lots of bikers (which I was fine with). Lots of mosquitos. The trail is a good workout. It's is pretty up and down and if you go all the way to the summit you will have a steep trip for the last bit. There is nothing really to see at the summit, no views. Would only recommend going that far if you wanted a longer hike (at least 8 miles round trip to summit NOT 7) or you wanted to pitch a tent. Very flat up top. If I went again I would stop at the false summit, good views there. Also a nice view of Diamond peak a little ways in.

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Fri Sep 23 2016

Loved it here! With the elevation, distance and being on cliff side often, small amounts uphill I'd rate this MODERATE not easy. We went in June beautiful wild flowers rank to one mother son couple. Otherwise the fields of wildflowers were ours. I choose not to summit to tire mountain since it's completely over grown with views no more. I stayed at the last field of sunflowers and wild cucumber plants with my dog and had lunch. Your way out there. I had my handgun. I would recommend spray or gun. Their was cougar and bear prints and poo. Distinct differences. The broken down bones and the berries, roughage

Sat Mar 14 2015

Beautiful views and easy trail. It should be noted 4.8 miles round trip to the meadows and back. It's more like an 8 mile hike to the summit, which offers no views.

Tue Jun 03 2014

Beautiful wildflowers on the cliffs and nice view of Diamond Peak, Bachelor, Broken Top and South Sister from the trail. Only downside was we continued on to a former lookout climbing over downed trees to no view. My suggestion: turn back at last meadow. Also note this trail is part of a mountain bike AND motorcycle trail.

Sat Jun 23 2012

Well, it poured and poured and poured for 3/4 of the hike, but we still found it enjoyable. The flowers are looking great! If you're going all the way to the lookout you'll reach a point with a hairpin turn in the trail and then a "Y" - take the high road. I wouldn't recommend the last bit for younger kids, it was slippery and steep in places. I'm going to attempt to figure out how to add some photos here from the jaunt - until I work it out through they can be seen at www.ladukephoto.zenfolio.com/tiremtn

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recorded Recording - Jun 02, 1:56 PM

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