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London Peak Trail

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 3.5 (2)

A short barrier-free run or a steep climb to a viewpoint overlooking Wolf Creek.


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1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

67%

Runnable

2,610' 795 m

High

1,263' 385 m

Low

1,438' 438 m

Up

109' 33 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

97%

Max Grade (44°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

The road to the upper trailhead and the London Peak Overlook Accessible Trail is open all year and parking there is free. The lower trailhead is at the picnic area in Wolf Creek Park at the base of the peak. This county park has a $5 per vehicle day use parking fee payable at the park's entrance kiosk.

Need to Know

The peak is named after the American author Jack London who completed his novel Valley of the Moon (1913) while staying at the Wolf Creek Inn (visible in the valley below from the overlook).

Description

This historic trail can provide either a short or a long break when driving Interstate 5.

This trail has two trailheads. The upper one connects with the London Peak Overlook Accessible Trail, which is barrier free trail (moderately difficult for wheelchair accessibility) that meanders of 0.5 miles along a forested ridge line to the London Peak Overlook, which offers spectacular views of the Rogue/Umpqua Divide, Wolf Creek Canyon, and the historic Applegate Trail.

The lower trailhead, in Wolf Creek Park, connects with the Lower London Peak Trail which climbs 1,500 feet in 1.9 miles to the London Peak Overlook

This trail starts directly across Wolf Creek from the pit toilets in the picnic area. You'll have to either rock-hop across or wade the creek as there's no bridge. On the other side, the trail goes past a disc golf target (an elevated metal basket) and then starts up the slope. About 500 feet up the slope, you'll come to two hand-made signs that point toward a spring and the trail to the summit. Go right and up from here. From this point on, the trail is easy to follow (but obviously not used a lot) as it climbs up and up through many switchbacks and then up a ridge to the overlook.

Flora & Fauna

The lower parts of the lower trail have a lot of poison oak around them—wear long pants.

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Shared By:

Bruce Hope

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The only signage on the trail: spring to the left, summit to the right
Jun 17, 2018 near Merlin, OR
Climbing toward London Peak through lush old-growth forest
Jun 17, 2018 near Merlin, OR
The barrier-free upper trail to the lookout
Jun 17, 2018 near Merlin, OR
View of the Wolf Creek Valley from the overlook
Jun 17, 2018 near Merlin, OR
Crossing Wolf Creek near the picnic area
Jun 17, 2018 near Merlin, OR
The trail goes past a disc golf target on the other side of Wolf Creek
Jun 17, 2018 near Merlin, OR

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