Onion Mountain

Grants Pass, Oregon

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Highlights include beautiful Shan Creek Canyon, and a panorama of Grants Pass and the Rogue Valley followed by Onion Mountain Lookout and an even better panorama. This is easy to moderate, on wide, somewhat steep gravel roads. If you venture beyond Onion Mountain, there are some moderate-to-difficult spots. FR 2706 is a favorite backcountry drive among Grants Pass residents. The dramatic, rocky, serpentinite canyon of Shan Creek (look for an old mine on a particularly precarious hillside across the creek) culminates at a charming little viewpoint with a restroom and picnic table. The canyon perfectly frames the confluence of the Applegate and Rogue Rivers, the city of Grants Pass, and Mt. McLoughlin on the horizon.

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"Highlights include beautiful Shan Creek Canyon, and a panorama of Grants Pass and the Rogue Valley followed by Onion Mountain Lookout and an even better panorama. This is easy to moderate, on wide, somewhat steep gravel roads. If you venture beyond Onion Mountain, there are some moderate-to-difficult spots.

FR 2706 is a favorite backcountry drive among Grants Pass residents. The dramatic, rocky, serpentinite canyon of Shan Creek (look for an old mine on a particularly precarious hillside across the creek) culminates at a charming little viewpoint with a restroom and picnic table. The canyon perfectly frames the confluence of the Applegate and Rogue Rivers, the city of Grants Pass, and Mt. McLoughlin on the horizon."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Grants Pass
Distance: 32.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Local Contacts: Siskiyou National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Wilderville, Onion Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Onion Mountain

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May 2018