Devils Backbone Trail #1162
ElevationAscent: 559' 170 m
Descent: -529' -161 m
High: 957' 292 m
Low: 456' 139 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A Rogue River Trail "shortcut" with a view and a big climb.”— Nick Wilder
Just past the Paradise Lodge, be on the lookout for a trail on the right that curves back just after a bend in the trail. It is VERY easy to miss. There is a wooden sign on a tree a bit above eye level, but it's also hard to see. The Trail Run Project mobile app should help you find it.
Steeply ascend a narrow trail with significant exposure. About halfway up, there are huge views of the Rogue Valley and Paradise Lodge. Stop, enjoy, and catch your breath before getting over the hump with lots of nice old-growth Douglas Firs.
The descent passes through a lush valley filled with ferns and deep, cool greens. The trail flows well and you'll be back on the Rogue River National Recreation Trail before you know it.
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