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Upper Rogue Valley - Upper High Meadow - PG&E Loop

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 4.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This run is awesome even after it has rained. The trail is a wide dirt trail, no roots or rocks. There are great views!


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10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

91%

Runnable

1,580' 482 m

High

344' 105 m

Low

1,552' 473 m

Up

1,548' 472 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Overview

This run is special because it lets you warm up slowly, then takes you to secluded trails with gorgeous views of the Bay Area. It is all on wide fire trails, so you don't have to worry about falling on a root or stone or running into someone on a singletrack trail.

After heavy rains, there are only a few areas where you have to slow down due to mud. The first mile (from the parking lot to Deer Hollow Farm) may be full of people on weekends, but after that you'll mostly meet only seasoned runners.

Need to Know

Parking is free but you might have to wait to find an empty spot during prime time on the weekends.

Runner Notes

It's ten miles, so take a small backpack with hydration, food, a raincoat, extra socks, and whatever emergency supplies you would carry on a long trail run.

Description

You start out at a very mild incline on the Permanente Creek Trail, pass Deer Hollow Farm and continue along the Chemise to Rogue Valley Connector, which is great for warming up.

When the High Rogue Valley Trail turns southwest, you begin to climb. The climb gets steep after four miles, while you are on the sunny High Meadow Trail. At the 1600' summit, you think it'll all be downhill. But no, there will still be some climbing.

Stay on the PG&E Trail and descend past the first parking lot down to the second. A couple of loops in the parking lot are great for cooling off, and making sure your GPS logged ten miles.

Flora & Fauna

You might encounter turkeys, deer, salamanders, tarantulas, all sorts of birds, bobcats, rabbits, and yes, mountain lions. For this reason, it is wise to read up on what you should do in case you do run into a mountain lion. If you are running solo, leave a note on your windshield for the rangers with planned route, your cell phone number, and an ICE number.

History & Background

Stop by Deer Hollow Farm to see a working farm with animals like cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and chickens. There is also an organic farms and old farm buildings.

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Shared By:

Julia Airapetya

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Photos

Sunrise with clouds over the valley
Oct 17, 2017 near Loyola, CA
Sunrise with clouds over the valley.
Oct 17, 2017 near Loyola, CA
Morning fog in the mountains.
Oct 17, 2017 near Loyola, CA
Rancho San Antonio.
Mar 10, 2016 near Loyola, CA
Looking back from the trail-head end of the long flat on Rancho Ridge Loop.
Nov 13, 2018 near Loyola, CA
Rancho San Antonio.
Mar 10, 2016 near Loyola, CA

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