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BLM route to 3260

 
BLM route to 3260

Page Type: Route

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Object Title: BLM route to 3260

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 1

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Page By: Dennis Poulin

Created/Edited: Dec 27, 2009 / Dec 27, 2009

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Getting There

 
Peak 3260
 
 
Peak 3260
 

To find Peak 3260 go north on Highway 62 towards Crater Lake from Medford. Pass through White City and Eagle Point. About 1.0 mile after you pass Hwy 234, turn right on the Butte Falls Highway. Stay on Butte Falls Highway for 7.6 miles to a smaller paved road on the left named Crowfoot Road. Crowfoot Road is paved but it is kind of crooked with sharp turns in places. Continue another 6.5 miles on Crowfoot Road to an unmarked gravel road on the left. Turn onto this road and park on the left. Don’t block the gate. This is the trailhead, elevation 1,610 ft.

You can also reach the trailhead by continuing on Hwy 62 through Shady Cove. Keep going until you cross the nice wide bridge over the Rogue River just past Casey State Park and before you get to Lost Creek Lake. Just after you cross the bridge turn right on the paved road and go about 1.1 miles to the trailhead.

Route Description

 
Peak 3260
 
 
Peak 3260
 

The trailhead is on a nice gravel road that is gated. Go past the gate and up the road. The road goes generally west and southwest and in ½ mile at elevation 1,800 ft you reach another gate that is posted “No Trespassing”. Don’t continue up the road, instead turn left and start climbing the hill on BLM land. Stay on the left side of the barb wire fence and follow an unmaintained trail up the hill. This trail has been flagged with green and white flagging and is easy to follow. It is forested and not too brushy. Climb up to elevation 2,200 ft which is about 1.0 mile from the trailhead.
 
Peak 3260
 

At the top of the hill, the barb wire fence ends and you will find an old logging road heading west. Follow this road a couple hundred yards where it turns south. Instead of going south find another old road at the turn that goes up and continues west. Now follow this road for quite a ways as it goes around the north side of a hill and then continues southwest and west. The road becomes rougher and less maintained and at about 2,600 ft you will be on a wide rocky ridgeline with some views. Follow the road westward until you reach another wider more used road that you “T” into. It looks like ATV’s use this new road regularly. Look around and note where your road meets the new road. It isn’t obvious where the lesser road is located when you are returning from the summit. Turn left on this new road and follow it up the hill towards the summit. This ATV road goes all the way to the summit. The summit is not very impressive and is a rounded area right next to the ATV road. I think the ATV road continues on to some private property down by the river and Shady Cove.

Retrace your steps all the way to the trailhead. Total round trip hike is about 8.75 miles, with the ups and downs gains 2,000 ft, and took a little under 4 hours.

Essential Gear

 
Peak 3260
 
 
Peak 3260
 

The 10 essentials are always required. There is no water on the trail, so take all you need.

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