Brownlee Creek TrailOn August 5, 2006 I hiked Hyndman Peak and then started driving home to Medford, Oregon. I wanted to climb one more County Highpoint in Idaho before leaving the state on this trip, so I decided to try to get Cuddy Mountain in Washington County. I didn’t want to try to drive up the east side road because it was supposed to be a particularly horrible road. I thought the trail on the west side sounded reasonable, so I headed to Brownlee Campground off of Hwy 71.
The turn off to the campground was well marked and the gravel road was very good. There were a few people camped in the campground and it looked like a nice place to stay, but I usually car camp at the trailhead so I continued up the road. Within a mile of the campground, I found the trailhead. I took a few minutes to prepare my gear for the next morning and then went to sleep early.
Early the next morning, I hit the trail. The trail gained elevation quickly and I felt my legs were still a little tired from yesterday’s effort on Hyndman Peak. There were lots of signs of cows in the vicinity on the trail. I had to watch my step.
Soon I could see the summit of Cuddy Mountain off to my right. It still looked like I had some climbing to do, so I continued up the trail. The trail was in good shape with good footing. When I got up to about 6,200ft I met some cows on the trail. They were well trained and when I told them to get off the trail, they immediately jumped into the brush and gave me lots of room. I like it when the cows are trained properly.
I kept climbing, chased another group of cows out of the way and could finally see the saddle ahead. The saddle was open with good views, so I took a few pictures. I could see the summit up ahead about a mile but knew I only had to climb about 700 ft to get there.
Continuing up the trail, I was soon up to the broad summit ridge. Lots of open space up here and I’m sure this is the upper end of Buck Park. During hunting season this may not be a good place to wear your antlers. I found the jeep track on the summit ridge and followed it to the summit area. The summit was broad and covered with short brush. The views were good. To the west I could see He/She Devil and wondered how Dean and Bob were doing on that climb this weekend.
I ate a quick snack and soon headed back down to the trailhead. Going down went very quickly because the trail was pretty steep. I completed this 8.6 mile hike in less than 4 hours. Total elevation gain was about 3,100ft. I drove straight home to Medford and got home about 7:00PM that night.