Old Blue Mountain is located in southern Oregon in Jackson County. It is about 8 miles south of the town of Rogue River and is in the Siskiyou Mountains. Two and a half miles to the east is Mount Isabelle which ranks #44 on the Oregon Prominence List. Old Blue Mountain has 1,160 ft of prominence and ranks only #323 on that list.
The Bureau of Land Mangement manages this part of the forested Siskiyou Mountains and maintains the roads for the approach. Old Blue is in an area that looks like a checkerboard pattern of public and private ownership on the forest service map, but the peak and access roads are not protected by any “No Trespassing” signs. The BLM and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest share a headquarters building in Medford and it is a good place to stop for information if you are in the area.
For detailed information on hiking to the summit of Old Blue Mountain refer to the Route attached to this page.
To find Old Blue Mountain you have to get on Old Highway that parallels Interstate 5 and the Rogue River between the town of Rogue River and Gold Hill. Old Highway 99 is on the south side of the river in this section and you need to find Foots Creek Road. Foots Creek Road is about 1.4 miles north of Exit 43 from Interstate 5, it is signed and paved. Once you are on Foots Creek Road rest your odometer to 0.0 and go south about 1.4 miles and then turn right onto Right Fork Foots Creek Road. At 3.9 miles the pavement ends and there is an intersection where you want to take the left fork. This is a good road and any 2WD vehicle should be able to access the trailhead. Stay on the main gravel road to a locked yellow gate at mile 5.4. For me this was the trailhead at about elevation 1,900 ft. This gate may be open at times during the year, but it was locked when I wanted to climb Old Blue. These mountains are good hunting grounds for deer and bear.
No red tape, no northwest forest pass required, no fires permitted. Hunters like this area for bear and deer. Wear your day-glo orange stuff during October and November.
Camping is in abundance in this area along the Rogue River. Valley of the Rogue State Park is probably the closest campground. There are several others in the area also.
Backpack camping can be done on BLM land. I would be careful of fire in the summer. There are no water sources available on this hike. This area can be quite hot in July and August and camping would be much more enjoyable on the Rogue River.
The mountain is accessible year round. Occasionally there is snow or lots of rain to contend with along with hot temperatures in the summer. There is no water source on this route. The closest towns are Rogue River and Gold Hill.