Grizzly Peak Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 839' 256 m
Descent: -838' -256 m
High: 5,847' 1,782 m
Low: 5,248' 1,599 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“An easy trail across beautiful wildflower meadows to amazing views of the Rogue Valley and beyond.”— Bruce Hope
The trail is an easy lollipop loop run you can see the Crater Lake Rim and Mount Thielsen to the north, catch a glimpse of Mount McLoughlin to the northeast, look right out at Mount Shasta, Pilot Rock, and Mount Ashland to the south, and west to Wagner Butte and Grayback Mountain.
At the trailhead, Mount McLoughlin can often be seen to the east. Sometimes you can see the Three Sisters from here too. This is the only time you'll have a view to the east.
From the trailhead, the trail switchbacks up through the forest, whose understory will present a variety of wildflowers in early June and then again in July. At 1.2 miles, you'll reach the loop junction. Go right (north) here to save the best views for last.
At 0.3 miles from the junction, you'll pass the rocky—and viewless—summit of Grizzly Peak. The trail continues on through the forest, skirting (at 1.6 miles) the edge of a large meadow that is laden with wildflowers in season. An opening in the forest a little further along offers views to the north and northwest.
At 1.9 miles, the trail turns a corner and starts heading due south. Here the views open to the west and southwest because, in 2002, the East Antelope Fire swept through this area and burned away most of the trees, leaving hundreds of ghostly snags on the slopes around you.
But continue onward through the burn to where the trail crosses the ridge and makes a brief climb to the high point at the end of Grizzly's southwest ridge. From here, the view is astounding and usually includes Mount Shasta and Pilot Rock to the south, Mount Ashland to the west (look for the round, white radar dome on its summit), the town of Ashland below, and the city of Medford further north up the valley.
After soaking up the views, continue on the loop. At about 3.3 miles, you'll come to a trail marker. Going right here will take you to yet another viewpoint and then back to the main trail. Going left will keep you on the main trail and expedite your return to the loop junction. From there you'll continue straight ahead to return to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: BLM Oregon - Medford District Office