Kerby Peak Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,824' 861 m
Descent: -231' -70 m
High: 5,543' 1,690 m
Low: 2,950' 899 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)
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“A short, but invigorating trail to panoramic views from atop Kerby Peak.”— Bruce Hope
It is easier through Selma. Take 199 to Selma and turn right at Ray's Grocery. GPS from there. Great run.
Starting from the trailhead at 2,943 feet, this well-maintained trail climbs steeply and steadily for 1.5 miles up several switchbacks to crest the ridge just below Point 4463. From here, you'll have a view of Grayback Mountain and Big Sugarloaf Peak to the southeast. When the valley is filled with fog, this is where you're likely break into sunshine. Some folks stop their run here, not realizing the hardest part is over. From here on, the grade is easier and the views increasingly great.
Continuing on, the trail climbs at a more mellow angle as it contours around the east side of Point 5112, then ascends a series of short switchbacks through manzanita to Kerby's summit. An official state lookout was established here in 1922, where it remained until it was removed by burning in 1966. From the summit on a clear day, you'll have a great 360-degree view with Mount McLoughlin to the east. Preston Peak—the high point in California's Siskiyou Wilderness—will be prominent to the south. Peaks in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness can be seen to the west.
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Land Manager: BLM/USFS-Grants Pass Office