Wagner Butte

Talent, Oregon

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Wagner Butte towers directly above the Bear Creek Valley immediately west of Medford and Ashland. At 7,140 feet, it’s right next to and only 200 feet lower than Mount Ashland, the Siskiyous’ highest peak. If you’ve ever wished there were a wilderness trail to the top of Mount Ashland instead of a network of roads, consider tackling Wagner Butte. The trailhead lies just 10.5 miles from downtown Talent. Highlight: The highest hikeable mountain overlooking Bear Creek Valley.
Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

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Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

by Art Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

Wagner Butte towers directly above the Bear Creek Valley immediately west of Medford and Ashland. At 7,140 feet, it’s right next to and only 200 feet lower than Mount Ashland, the Siskiyous’ highest peak.

If you’ve ever wished there were a wilderness trail to the top of Mount Ashland instead of a network of roads, consider tackling Wagner Butte. The trailhead lies just 10.5 miles from downtown Talent. Highlight: The highest hikeable mountain overlooking Bear Creek Valley.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Talent
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,100 feet
Top Elevation: 7,140 feet
Local Maps: USGS Siskiyou Peak
Topo Map: Wagner Butte Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2007

The Sullivan Coastal book lists the distance as 10 miles, rather than 8. And Mike is correct about the confusion on the junction -- once you turn left, at the sign which indicates what the RESTRICTIONS are, and then you get into a flatter clear cut/logging area within 10 minutes. Otherwise, you end up at the top of a different mountain (did that). Lovely little hike, rest of the description is correct. FYI - no cell coverage on the hike, in case you need to call for help 'cause the keys are locked in the trunk (did that too).

6/2/2007

Great trail, beautiful views if it isn't hazy. The directions to trailhead may be outdated. After you leave the pavement and start on gravel road, after appx two miles you come to a fork. Bear left, after another couple of miles you come to another fork. From this point the directions on trails.com are good. Bear to left again. Its appx 5.8 miles from end of pavement to trailhead.

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