Bohemia Mountain Trail #1440
ElevationAscent: 520' 158 m
Descent: -72' -22 m
High: 5,824' 1,775 m
Low: 5,305' 1,617 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
“Quick steep climb to a nearly 360° view of the Bohemia mining district, with views of many Cascade range mountains.”— Michele Cotter
For detailed directions, see the instructions from the US Forest Service.
From there, the trail proceeds clearly for 0.75 of a mile up the mountain. You'll pass various trees marked with "bearing tree" signs, as well as one filled-in mine shaft (stick to the trail for safety). If you have come in July or early August, you'll come upon wildflowers like Indian paintbrush, columbine, and various asters. Several spots with views of the hills south of the Willamette valley and the coast range are interspersed along the climbing trail so you can take breaks as needed. The trail alternates steep sections with flat, and packed dirt with piled shale. One false summit gives early views of the mountains and surrounding hills.
The summit is nearly 360°, and on a clear day you can see mountains from Mt. Hood to Mt. Shasta, including Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, and others. The top is fairly broad, with lots of flat areas to rest. At its eastern extremity, you can look back down to Bohemia Saddle where you started, and also to some old buildings that were part of the Bohemia mining district. Above all these you'll see the Fairview Peak watchtower, a fire lookout since the 1920s that was also used as a radar station in the 1950s and 1960s. Because of the state of the access roads, it's likely you'll have the top to yourself!
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