Explore the most popular birding trails near Ashland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Wagner Butte Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Decent elevation gain but not hard by any means

Beautiful. You can also start from Mt Ashland.

Beautiful views

on Soda Mountain

20 days ago

Nice trail. Hiked on 5/5/18 and saw very few people. Small patches of snow in a couple of places. Beautiful wildflowers and beautiful views. I wouldn't rate this as easy. The road that you walk to the top is straight up. Moderate would be a better rating. Great hike, but prepare to earn the amazing views.

great hike! well worth the distance

roads up to parking area are clear although the lot is full of water.

start the hike with switch backs, level out then ascend a seeming never ending incline. Rest assured once you hit sheeps creek slide it gets easier incline wise. Snow free until wagner glade, ranging from 1 inch to 18 inches of snow in some area. Most of the bootpack is solid but some steps send you post holing. great views at the top. not very rocky

enjoy and sign the log at the top

This hike is listed as "year round" I went there today, 4/2, and there's about 2 feet of snow...

lots of bums and drug addicts. plus it's paved next to a highway. fuck that i prefer the mountains away from all that

Beautiful! Watch for the "Hippo" rock!

Absolutely love this hike! I've hiked it 4 times! great for kids, couples or solo! Nice letter box surprise at the top of Hobart bluff! Great views of Emigrant lake!

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best hikes around the Rogue Valley with easy access from Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and Medford. The drive up is cool, with a great parking area and a distinct sign at the trailhead.
The hike is hard though not the hardest, starting with a long uphill slog that is somewhat intense even if you are in shape. Solitude abounds, the trail is well-marked, and Sheep Creek Slide is awesome. I can't say enough about this hike. Not the hardest hike you can do, but requires a solid amount of effort so be prepared to do a little work.

I wanted to scout this before I took my twin 7 year olds up here - glad I did. They are experienced hikers and the first 2+ miles would have been a bit much for them. Hiked this with my dog on a balmy 60+ degree in mid January. Good hike if you're looking for a nice workout and Don't want to see any other humans. Go mid week.

hiking
4 months ago

Very well maintained, beautiful trail. Great view from the summit though metal pipes (to prevent people from falling?) were kind of distracting. Snow patches here and there and slippery at places but nothing hard.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike today with A-mazing views of Shasta. Trail was only partially snow covered and I made it to the shelter easily with waterproof boots.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked early December, ran into a lot of snow in different places. It was a beautiful hike with many views of Shasta! As you depart from the PCT, the trail isn’t marked and we trekked through about 6 inches of snow. I assume it would be easier to see without ground covering. The hike back down was also not noticeable as there was snow. Looks like it was to go down around the ski slope, but wasn’t completely sure. Ended up turning around and going back the way we came. Fairly easy hike for an experienced hiker. Traveled with one, inexperienced hiker who had quite a bit of difficulty.

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked to Soda Mountain on a partly cloudy mid-November day (Veterans’ day).
There are several different options to go to either Hobart Bluff or Soda Mountain, or both. If short on time or stamina, the best way would be to drive up Soda Mountain Road from OR66 and park at the Hobart Bluff trailhead. From the parking lot, Hobart Bluff is approximately 2.5 miles round-trip and Soda Mountain just about 4 miles round-trip. The 360 degrees views from Hobart Bluff (360) are great…and the views from Soda Mountain (especially the Mt Shasta basin) are event better.
From my hike, I was looking for a bit more distance and parked right off OR 66 at the point where it intersects with the PCT. From there, reaching both Hobart Bluff and soda mountain is between 12 and 13 miles round-trip depending on choices. I took the PCT up to the Hobart Bluff trailhead on Soda Mountain road . This is a 5 miles segment, with the side trip to Hobart Bluff. That side trip is definitely worth the extra .75 miles. The PCT winds in and out of private property on its way to Hobart Bluff; it is also noticeably on the rocky side and requires paying some close attention to where the feet go. The trail follows closely the north-south ridge that goes all the way to Hobart Bluff and the parking lot beyond. The trail is sometimes on the ridge itself (including a couple nice open meadows) and sometimes just below the ridge on the west or east side. This being November, there were few spots where the trail was covered in (oldish) snow but totally passable. The abundance of triangular PCT blazes would make it easy to find the way even if the snow cover was significantly deeper.
The parking lot for the Hobart Bluff trailhead (at the 5 miles mark) is a good spot to rest for a little while. There are restrooms (no water I could see) and a few boulders to sit on comfortably.
From there, I chose to continue on Soda Mountain Road to just about below the summit, on the east side. I had notice on the Alltrails map a connecting forest road labeled “40-3E-28” and intended to take that connector to gain access to the summit. That “road” apparently does not exist. I search for it going a little further than the displayed intersection, and retracing my step a little in case I missed it. No road! The snow was a foot deep on the slope and it is not totally impossible that I missed it; however, even bushwhacking my way up the steep snowy slope, I did not cross anything that would feel remotely like a road (even a primitive one). Gaining the summit I enjoyed the stunning views towards Shasta to the south, Pilot Rock and Mt Ashland to the west. Definitely worth getting up there (even if the bristling of antennas and satellite dishes of all kind makes it a less than “enchanting” summit to visit.
From there, I returned via the Soda Mountain LOOKOUT road (closed metal gate at its junction with the Soda Mountain road) in foot deep virgin snow most of the way. Back at the Hobart Bluff trailhead, I took Soda Mountain road all the way down to OR66, enjoying beautiful views of Hobart Bluff cliffs in a couple place.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful views.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty short hike. Warning-its not well marked. So pay attention to the map. Luckily for me someone warned me and told me where to go. Turn left at the PCT trailhead, there's a narrow path there that goes behind the toilet. And then watch for the turn on the map.... it's not labeled and almost impossible to see bc of fallen trees and it's a narrow hidden trail. Then you'll get to the road, which is the only challenging part of the hike bc it's straight uphill. Keep going bc the views are great at the top!

Beautiful fall hike!

half the trail is dirt road with traffic. other half is off trail with many footprints trampling native endangered vegetation. Bad routing. Please put people on PCT instead or reroute up to top of Mt. Ashland.

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Great distance good up hills and good long mellow slope side sections. We went in September and the valley was mostly full of smoke but I still didn't care. And we live in Talent so its super close. Will definitely do this one again.

hiking
9 months ago

Wanted to see the lunar eclipse but Oregon was on fire! Amazing hike and really beautiful. Trails are pretty overgrown now though. Wished I'd wore my gaiters. ☺️ magical experience though!

Loved it! Great views to Mt Shasta and McLoughlin

there is not a signed trail at least you wanna walk on the road with the cars. but is easy enough to create your own. very nice wildflowers now!!

Awesome trail with fantastic wildflowers and an amazing 360 degree view at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

Wow! So much work, so pretty! Only little bits of water and only one place that I felt safe filtering, so bring enough or bring a filter. Um, so I think it's more than 9.4 miles though. Trail is beautifully maintained, the only part I found to be sketchy was the sheep creek slide area. Just take your time, watch your footing and if you come down at sunset, make sure you have a headlamp! I did not encounter any wildlife besides a doe.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy to find, well maintained, and beautiful as can be!

hiking
10 months ago

Great views and a great workout. Most of the small streams are drying up so plan to bring your own water as summer progresses. I'll definitely be doing this hike again!

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike on Saturday, July 1st, my 2nd time doing it, the previous time being in May of 2013. Lots of wildflower action going on. Here's a clip at Sheep Creek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDyUHC6DDuQ Also, my video from the summit with views of Mount Ashland, Mount Shasta, Emigrant Lake, Mount McLaughlin and more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjdL3y5p2bw

Amazing view

Beautiful hike. You get views of Shasta, Ashland, Pilot Rock, Crater Lake Rim, Thielson, Bailey and a lot of Coastal mountains that I couldn't identify. We had 2 different GPS trackers going and it said it was 10.2 miles round trip. No snow. Love the fields of Lupine and sage brush. Such an awesome hike!

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