Rustler Peak Lookout

Butte Falls, Oregon

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This is a tough 9.3 mile ride. It includes a 6.5 mile loop, and a side trip to the top of Rustler Peak. The spur to the summit is a 2.8 mile out-and-back (1.4 each way). The climbing starts out easily and becomes increasingly difficult as you near the summit. The route follows gravel roads in mostly fair condition. The final, steep push to the top is made more challenging by stretches of course gravel. The view from the lookout is expansive. The return descent is steep and degraded. Ride begins near Parker Meadows Campground, approximately 25 miles northeast of Butte Falls.

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"This is a tough 9.3 mile ride. It includes a 6.5 mile loop, and a side trip to the top of Rustler Peak. The spur to the summit is a 2.8 mile out-and-back (1.4 each way). The climbing starts out easily and becomes increasingly difficult as you near the summit.

The route follows gravel roads in mostly fair condition. The final, steep push to the top is made more challenging by stretches of course gravel. The view from the lookout is expansive. The return descent is steep and degraded. Ride begins near Parker Meadows Campground, approximately 25 miles northeast of Butte Falls."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Butte Falls
Distance: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 1,468 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Season: Free of snow by Late June, usually.
Trailhead Elevation: 5,100 feet
Top Elevation: 6,208 feet
Local Contacts: Rogue River National Forest, Butte Falls Ranger District 541-865-2700
Local Maps: District map of the Butte Falls Ranger District, USGS Rustler Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Rustler Peak Lookout

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May 2018