Britt Woods Loop
ElevationAscent: 786' 239 m
Descent: -790' -241 m
High: 2,266' 691 m
Low: 1,727' 526 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A mellow, year-round loop to run with the whole family.”— Liz
If you visit from June to September, catch an outdoor concert here; info at brittfest.org.
Finding the sign for Petard Ditch, follow that, keeping left where it forks. A moderate ascent through the oak and madrone forest, with glimpses of Mt McLoughlin off in the distance, leads you over a high point, then down to a junction with Liz's Trail on the left. Head south out Liz's Trail. At a fork, you can go around the loop either way.
Goung left (clockwise) is perhaps the more physically demanding direction to run this loop. Take your pick, and after completing the loop, return to finish the Petard Ditch back to the clearing. Turn left here, past another interpretive sign, and continue for a short distance to pick up the Jane Naversen Trail which brings you around to the Jackson Forks Trail. A right turn here, then a left on Britt Ridge, will bring you back to where you parked.
Fast forward to recent times: In 1989, alarmed by the prospect of development destroying the scenic wooded hillsides surrounding their National Historic Landmark City, the citizens of Jacksonville, Oregon rallied to form the non-profit Jacksonville Woodlands Association. During the past two decades the Woodlands Association has preserved 22 parcels of forested open space (320 acres) and has constructed 18 miles of connecting interpretive and recreational trails surrounding 70% of the town's historic district. The Association's preservation efforts have attracted national attention and has set the standard for community land preservation in Oregon.
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Land Manager: City of Jacksonville, OR