“An old service trail for the Wagner Lookout, this trail climbs steeply and offers great views.”
— Torsten Heycke
Views · Wildflowers
Snow will often prevent access until late spring.
Wagner Glade Trail makes for a good part of a really long, high altitude run. One can combine it with the Wagner Lookout trail or the Split Rock Trail
for interesting high country loops, out and backs. An extreme loop (31+ miles would involve running up to Mt Ashland, across the PCT to Split Rock trail and down the Wagner Glade Trail and back into Ashland via FS Road 2060 or No Candies
, Fell on Knee and other trails.
This trail is also part of the Pine to Palm 100-mile race.
Connecting FS Road 2060 to the Wagner trails at Wagner Glade Gap, this rigorous pedestrian-only trail offers many excellent views of the Rogue Valley, Mt Mcloughlin, Mt Ashland and the Ashland Watershed. This trail was originally built to service the lookout at Wagner Butte. The lookout was abandoned and so was this trail. However, you can still see old red paint blazes on rocks and cutouts in some trees. You can still see horse pen area and old implements if you look around.
The winter winds and snows are often harsh on this trail with lots of downed trees. Because of snow, access to trail crews is often limited until early summer when chainsaw restrictions are in place. Expect to have to crawl over some downed trees.
If you're daunted by the out and back distance from Ashland (20+ miles depending on the route) one could plan a car shuttle with one vehicle parked at the Wagner Lookout trailhead on FS Road 22. This is still a long way from town and a proper trailhead, with some major elevation gain thrown in.
Flora & Fauna
Bear, deer, ponderosas. No poison oak.