Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Maps took me by a road that starts in Talent (it was the closer one) and it was a nightmare. The road, called Anderson Rd was horrible, not maintained at all and you have the impression you’re always lost. If you don’t have a truck and 4x4 it can be frustrating. The best route is by Jacksonville, taking Upper Applegate Rd and then Little Applegate Rd. These roads are pretty well maintained. The hike is short, but you can keep going by the next trails.

Great trail in an incredible area to hike in. Hiked too much today and my phone died. Hate it when that happens. Was able to charge it before I did the next trail in Grants Pass. Hats off to the Jacksonville Woodlands Assoc!!! A truly great place to hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail that I and my dog, Brook were alone on. Met a nice gal walking a friend's lab that looked a lot like mine where we parked. This one runs on the edges of the neighborhood. It was enjoyable hearing the hammers go on 3 different construction projects. This would be a great place to live, especially if you liked to get out on some trails.

Very nice trail. I enjoyed everything I've done in this trail system including all the people I've met and talked to on the trail. Bravo to Jacksonville.

Great trail!! My GSD and I went hiking on the Petard trail and had loads of fun!

I hike this trail several times a year it is easy, but there are a few steep sections. There isn't much if any snow during the winter which makes it an excellent place to hike when other places are snowed in. A couple if years ago while hiking the trail there was a rattlesnake that buzzed at my dog on the edge of the trail. Beware if you are hiking with children. That was the only time I saw a rattlesnake but I have heard them a few times.

trail running
2 months ago

The trail system is behind the Britt grounds. It's across the highway if you park by the library. Wildflowers are everywhere early spring. Watch for poison oak in summer! It's a nice mix of hills and flat.

Good short hike

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little trail in a very good area to hike. Jacksonville did themselves proud on these trails. Something here made my phone decide the GPS wouldn't work for awhile.

on Tunnel Ridge Trail

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great short hike!! I would definitely have a forestry map before heading to the trailheads. I lost service for hours. There are different ways to get to this location but the best and least confusing direction is through Jacksonville, then down the 238. Pay attention to the signs because there are a few different ways to get to the tunnel trailhead. We first started on Little Applegate TH which is a 5 mile hike to the tunnel and loaded with ticks and bugs. After a mile we turned back to the car and drove another 1.8 miles to the "Tunnel Ridge TH". Enter the Tunnel Ridge TH location and hike about a mile to the top. It's mostly up hill but we managed fine with a 3yr, 5yr, 6yr, and 11yr old. Once you reach the top, take the trail to the left (Bear Gulch Trail). It will show an additional 3 miles but after just a few feet the Tunnel will be on your right.

Beautiful hike but misleading.We started at Bear Gulch trail head. Once you reach the first sign it will read "Tunnel Ridge 3.1 Mi" and an arrow pointing left. So, logically we went that direction, figuring we must have misread the distance listed in the trail app. The next few miles we're fairly flat and easy but theres lots of poison oak covering the trail. Nearing the end, there was spectacular views of the Applegate Valley from a must-sit bench that overlooks rolling meadows. the tunnel has a small opening but my wife was able to crouch through and walk from one end to the other. Pretty cool. We went down back to Bear Gulch, totaling 8 miles. Awesome hike but a far cry from the listed 1.7 miles!

After reading some posts it became apparent that folks we're finding a short cut to the tunnel. With comments like " quick hike" I knew somethin was up. Apparently, if we would have went the opposite way that the sign points toward Tunnel Ridge, we would have gotten to the tunnel much, much faster. Like 2 miles faster!?! Not sure if this is true, but if so, that is kinda misleading to say the least.

Beautiful views & wildflowers!

hiking
4 months ago

My 5 & 4 year old could only make it half way, with frequent rests

hiking
5 months ago

I would rate this moderate instead of easy. Only because you should be prepared to feel the burn as you hike uphill the whole way. We managed fine while wearing a baby and having a 8, 6, and 3yr old hike along too. And the hike down is a breeze. When you reach the top you will want to take the trail to the left towards Bear Gulch. Just a few feet away you will see the tunnel. The opening is small, but it's a bit roomier once you are inside. Adults will have to hunch over to walk through, but your kids will be able to stand up and have the time of their lives. There is a sign in front that gives some history of the hydraulic gold mine, which is really cool. Definitely a unique spot and we enjoyed the views along the way. The climb is always worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

This was a fun little hike!

I’d probably put it at moderate and not easy, as the entire hike to the tunnel or other connecting trails is uphill. It’s steady, but all uphill. The kids, and myself, were starting to feel it towards the ends.

NOTE: once you finish the trail and it intersects the Bear Gulch Trail, you’ll want to go to your left (like you are starting the Bear Gulch Trail) for a few feet and the tunnel will be on your right.

The trail is easy enough for most kids to get there and smallish adults. I’m 5’8 and towards the end of the tunnel it becomes narrow and I had to crawl a few feet.

It was fun for sure and there are some stunning views along the way.

The trail is nicely wooded, as mentioned before, it is next to the highway so you will hear some traffic noise, overall I would hike this again!

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Great little mile hike from the TH to the tunnel. Quick hike with beautiful views towards the top.

5 months ago

My friend & I walked this on Good Friday it was the 1st hike for both of us this year, & it was very enjoyable. I think everyone who enjoys walking/hiking should try this trail at least once & the new hike trails at Britt (that are being planned) there in Jacksonville should create an even more satisfying day of hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views the entire trip! Very nicely maintained trails; even a couple benches along the way! Uphill all the way to the top; but once you reach the end you find information about the history of the tunnel which we found fascinating. Tall children and adults will hit their heads if they try to pass through the tunnel! Beware of ticks in the grasses surrounding he trails.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail! Steady uphill the whole way, but worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Had a blast today on this trail! I took my 3year old son and my 9year old daughter they both made it to the top and thought the tunnel was amazing.

hiking
5 months ago

Had a BLAST with my little family today great hike and an amazing drive definitely 1 of my favorite hiking locations

hiking
5 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.

The directions to the trails are bad. Never did see the river but it was pleasant. The Panoramic Viewpoint was nice.

I'm giving 3 stars cuz what I explored was really pretty but I am pretty confused on where to go when I came out there. there was a little parking area that said tunnel ridge day use with what looked like a start of a trail but then directly across the road was a start to another trail that listed multiple trails such as bear gulch which I had seen pics of on this app so I followed that trail since i had seen pics on here but I think it was the wrong start or I didn't go far enough cuz I never saw the tunnel.

walking
7 months ago

This area is nice and right in Jacksonville. It’s pretty easy as well. There really aren’t much views or things to look at, but if you are in the area and wanted to take a break from the city, I supposed this could
Be a nice refreshing walk.

Thought someone should mention that the dirt road to the trailhead is a bit bumpy and only 1 lane. I wouldn’t recommend taking a low riding vehicle to get there

Directions took me to a cemetery... I don't know if I just missed it or my directions weren't working but I wasted 30 minutes of my time and gas. Never had this happen before.

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.

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