Muir Creek Trail #1042
ElevationAscent: 584' 178 m
Descent: -284' -87 m
High: 4,238' 1,292 m
Low: 3,913' 1,193 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“This is a pleasant trail along a mid-sized stream that is a major tributary to the Upper Rogue River.”— Bruce Hope
From the trailhead, the #1042 travels along the west bank of Muir Creek, a mid-sized stream and a major tributary to the Upper Rogue River. The trail passes through Douglas-fir, western white pine, western hemlock, and thickets of box alder along the meandering creek. There are views of high-mountain meadows, wildflowers, old-growth forests, and abundant wildlife.
At 2.7 miles from the trailhead, the trail passes a small waterfall/cascade where the East Fork of Muir Creek enters the main creek. At 3.6 miles, the #1042 ends at a junction with the Buck Canyon Trail #1046. This trail can be used to access the upper end of the Muir Creek Trail #1042 from Forest Road 6560-190, which is 0.3 miles to the east.
Near its northern end, the #1042 crosses Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail #2 - watch for signs keeping you on the #1042, which is closed to OHV traffic.
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