Bryant Mountain is ranked #79 on the Oregon Prominence List and is in the Winema National Forest. It is southeast of Klamath Falls and east of the little town of Malin along the California/Oregon border. Views are beautiful but limited from the summit of Bryant Mountain. Mt Shasta is plainly visible to the south. There is an unmanned fire lookout on the summit. There isn’t much of a reason to climb Bryant Mountain other than to check it off the prominence list for peakbaggers or to visit the fire lookout.
The famous Modoc Indian War was fought nearby. After leaving his stronghold in the lava beds, the Modoc Indian chief Captain Jack was captured on the east side of Bryant Mountain.
Bryant Mountain is in the middle area that was developed early in the 1900’s and known as the Klamath Project. Many of the surrounding towns owe their existence to the extensive land and irrigation developments associated with the Klamath Project. The Project irrigates over 200,000 acres in southern Oregon and northern California.
Bryant Mountain is a mixed area of open grassy areas, brush, and some timber. It is used today as open range and there are beef cows on the mountain and around the water features. The cows have free access to the water, so don’t drink the water without thoroughly treating and purifying it. Better yet, bring your own water from a verified clean source.
For details on the hiking trail see the Route information.
I approached Bryant Mountain from the town of Malin. Drive east from town on the main Malin Road about 3 miles to where it crosses the California/Oregon border, turn left on Loveness Road. Loveness Road is right on the state border and is paved but not very wide. It climbs a small hill and in 1.75 miles from Malin Road, turn left on a gravel road. There is a gate on the road that is closed and locked from November 1 through April 15 every year. I think the BLM wants to keep off road vehicles from tearing up their roads during the winter.
Once on the gravel road follow it north as it passes under a couple of large electric transmission lines. At about 3.0 miles from Loveness Road there is an intersection with the main road continuing north, go right here and follow the road another .7 mile to where the road is gated. Park off the road here, you are at the trailhead.
No red tape, no northwest forest pass required, no fires permitted. I am not 100% sure who actually owns this land, but there were no “No Trespassing” signs or any indication that hiking access was restricted.
The nearest campground that I could find is at the Lava Beds National Monument. This is a fun place to visit if you are in the area.
There are lots of places to backpack camp in the area. Your only limitation here is probably your imagination. There are flat bivy sites on the summit if you want to do that, but this hike can easily be done in a half day.