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

1 month ago

Beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. My InReach Explorer said the total hike was 10.4 miles, and the first 3.1 miles up were pretty steady incline through not so interesting forest. Then there is a clearing along the ridge line for a bit, and back to forest a bit more. The final push up to the lookout is the hardest part. Because of the views only being a small portion of the total hike I only give it four stars, and would've given three if not for the lake view and proximity.

I would not recommend this trail for backpacking. I had planned on backpacking but ended up hiking back to the trailhead and camping at one of the nearby dispersed spots on the California side. It was a great workout carrying an extra heavy pack with the water in 95 degree heat (start early bc it didn't start heating up until around 11 and was chilly before that)! But not a hard enough trail where you couldn't hike to the top and back in one go and still have time in your day to enjoy the lake. It allows horses, so the trail isn't very difficult other than the moderate elevation gain. Also like someone else said, there are no good spots to camp out on the trail. Not worth it. Just hike it, and bring lots of water.

trail running
2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail that has gorgeous views and an abundance of wildflowers in the spring. I have run the first 4 miles of this trail two separate times. My first run was in April and the trail was clear. In June, however, many places had grass growing over the trail chest-high and it made for an uncomfortable run. I would recommend this as a good trail for a springtime hike.

Loved this hike!!

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this one! Hiked it early in the AM. Temps started in the low 50's near the TH. By noon it was almost 80! Only saw 2 others on the trail... most parked at the trailhead to access Applegate Lake.

on Stein Butte Trail

2 months ago

Great winter hike, moderate and gentle uphills.

Beautiful views & wildflowers!

first 2.5-3 miles are super boring. just trees. then you hit the ridgelone with amazing views and its good after that. some rocky sections of trail, lots of bugs
absolutely stunning views at top

had trail to myself today

3 months ago

this was a great hike once you get to the top. I would do a day hike again, but not an over night hike. camping is very limited and taking 48 pounds up that incline is brutal for the average hiker like myself. if your an advanced hiker then absolutely do it. The views are amazing.

4 months ago

Beautiful. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow. AMAZING views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

4 months ago

Total distance was almost 10 miles on the dot. Great views of snowy mountains and Applegate Lake. Uphill all the way up, so I would suggest doing this in cooler weather. Rewarding view at the top.

Loved it. Did it yesterday and nobody was on the trail. Fantastic views. Highly recommend Mt Baldy. If you go there, be careful not to miss the correct turn off on the return route. It was deceiving and lost some time.

4 months ago

Great hike. Trail was very easy to follow and was challenging but not too tough. It's a fairly gradual climb and not just a whole bunch of switchbacks. There are a few good views on the way up and the panoramic view from the top is definitely worth it. Took about 4.5 hours total from start to finish including some time at the top for lunch. Minimal snow on the trail (3/26/18), no problem with regular hiking shoes. The gps pin on the app is spot on with parking right by the trailhead. This was probably my favorite hike in Oregon so far. We didn't see any wildlife during our hike but did hear some deep growling fairly close to us that I assume was a bear near the top. Just something to keep in mind.

4 months ago

If you're deciding whether or not to hike this trail, definitely do it. Highly recommend it, even if you don't intend to go all the way to Baldy Peak.

Two important points:
1. Trailhead & Parking: The trailhead is not marked with any signs, and is just a ramshackle gate directly across the road from the driveway of 12700 Upper Applegate Rd (the location pin is right on). It's easy to miss if you've never been. You can park about 300 ft past there on the right at a nice gravel pull off and walk back to the trailhead, or park on the shoulder next to the trailhead, but it's really small.

2. The trail continues on to Baldy Peak, providing better and better views the whole time. If you're going to go up and have the energy, definitely go all the way to the top of Baldy.

Trail was accessible and awesome in winter, even after a pretty substantial snow the night before. It's an uphill trudge, but well worth it. Give it a go.

Great family hike replete with cave and Bigfoot trap, great ending point at the peak after enjoying lunch and the views! I've hiked this 5 times...each time great...plus the lake is right around the corner for a swim after :)

Strenuous! Great views...we went in August...too hot! I recommend going in Spring or Fall!

This trail is my absolute favorite so far!
give your self plenty of day light tho I made the mistake of going up to late in the day and got stuck up there in the dark it was pretty scary so make sure to bring a flashlight or 2 in case you cut it close. I got turned around pretty bad once it got dark. The trail is pretty steep going up and a narrow path. No cell service, beautiful views, got to see some deer running down the side of the mountain and some pretty wild flowers in the summer, mushrooms, and several good look outs. I would mark this trail down as a must do. the trail head is sneaky I walk it the first couple times. the map on here will lead you to a little parking area you will walk down the road a bit and see the start of the trail with a sighn on your right it is a sharp right tho so be looking behind you if you feel you walked to far down the gravel road you probabky did. turn around you'll see it is almost immediatly on your right after the little parking area where you leave your car. also when you get to the summit there will be a small wooden sighn wiyh a foot trail going up the hill that the trail you are on is walking beside that is also easy to miss and I walked past and ended up at the start of another trail.

Butt cheeks beware! There is a lot of incline on this one. I followed this exactly as it’s laid out and my Fitbit watch said it was 16.7 miles, so 1 mile longer than All Trails has it. You get 360 degree views because your essentially circling the mountains. About 6.5 miles of the total is walking from the parking lot to the Little Grayback Trail (3.62 miles) and from the gate on Upper Applegate at the end of the trails back to the parking lot (2.83 miles). The most dangerous part of the entire hike is the walk back to your vehicle on Upper Applegate. Use the All Trails app to GPS yourself when you get close to the connecting trails. The transition from Grayback to Trail 918 is not marked. When you get to the point of transition, go left and you’ll see a trail with a very steep decline that leads to a road that you can clearly see. The road is Trail 918 and it will dead-end at the Baldy Peak/Mule Trailhead. When you reach the next transition from 918 to 919, make sure you veer left. When you get to the bottom there is a sign that says Mule Mtn, veer right and it will take you to Upper Applegate Rd. Hope this helps. Happy hiking!

I have hiked this trail on many occasions it has a few tough part but a nice hike. You can hike it to baldy mountain trail and continue on baldy mountain trail to the top where you will come out on a mountain road .when you reach the road you can go right the road a short way and you would come to mule creek trail and take it back down to mule mountain trail and back to your car. it takes me about 4 hour to complete this hike and I'm a avid hiker. it also possible to hike over to little gray back mountain trail. but you should have two vehicles to do this hike parking one at mule mountain trail head and and one at little gray back mountain trail head. Or leave a vehicle at one and get drop off at the other trail. but make sure you know the way too get from one trail to the other. If you are starting at mule mountain trail. Take mule mountain trail to baldy mountain trail turn right on baldy mountain trail following it until you reach the mountain road then follow the road probably a couple of miles until you come to where it intersect another road turn right at this junction then follow the road until you reach a four way intersection ( I would estimate it's about a 1/2 mile or so. when you reach the four way intersection turn right and follow this road about a 1/4 mile or so to little gray back mountain trail. you will past a road gate on this short section of the road and the makes a hard right and this is where the little gray back mountain trail starts keep a eye out because last time I've did this hike the trail head wasn't Marked very well. And I have done this hike coming from the other way. From little gray back mountain trail,and it took me a couple different try until I figured out how to get from one trail to the other trail. So if try this hike give your self plenty of time to do it and if you going from little gray back mountain trail to baldy mountain trail to mule mountain trail. You will want to make all the right turns left turns. And now I think there's signs letting you know the way too go.

Great hike.... not to much up and down, and would be great for bikes although we walked... def do again.

Fairly strait forward and some fun elements like the Bigfoot trap. Trail was well maintained. Some nice views up top as well.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

nice shade cover for 95% of the trail. breezy view at the top. wildflowers blooming along the trail. The manzanitas had lots of bumblebees

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Excellent trail - one of my favorites! It's definitely a good workout (pretty much straight uphill the entire way to the butte), but so worth it for the views at the top of Stein Butte. It is black bear country, so you will want to talk out loud to let anything know you are coming. Also, beware of ticks in the spring months of March - May. We went the first weekend of April, and had some issues with ticks. In my experience, they normally don't recede until June.
It's roughly 5 miles from the start of the trailhead to the top of Stein Butte, and you also have the option of making a more intense (albeit slightly shorter) return trip by continuing on the trail that winds past the butte and descends STEEPLY for a few miles past a couple of old mine adits, before spitting you out onto a Forest Service road (which you can then walk along back to your car).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great trail. Well maintained. Exhausted after but it was totally worth it. We went this month (March) which was accidentally a really good time since it was the perfect temperature. Unfortunately I wasn't expecting the ticks to be out in full force and I pulled over 20 off of my dog, fortunately only two stuck. So be prepared with a tick collar or something for your canine pals. Other than that loved the hike!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

great hike!

Monday, February 20, 2017

hiked it 3 times...

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