Grizzly Peak Loop Trail

Jackson County, Oregon

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain48ft
Trailhead Elevation5,809ft
Top5,848ft
Elevation Min/Max5800/5848ft
Elevation Start/End5809/5848ft

Grizzly Peak Loop Trail

Grizzly Peak Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson County, Oregon. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 5,809 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 48 feet. Grizzly Peak (elevation 5,850 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail.

Grizzly Peak Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Grizzly Peak was named in honor of a famous bear named “Old Reelfoot,” the last known southern Oregon grizzly, who roamed the region for 50 years before being shot by a 17-year-old hunter in 1890. The nickname had to do with the animal, at some point, losing several toes in a leghold trap. The beast’s stuffed body resided in a local museum for many years but has long since disappeared. Grizzly Peak and the Ashland High School football team, the Grizzlies, are named for Old Reelfoot.

One interesting feature of this gorgeous little chunk of the Western Cascades, in addition to the proximity to downtown Ashland and the knockout view at the end, is the coastal feel of the forest. The feel is partly because the forest has a dense canopy and little underbrush, and the trees are large (although not immense—up to 30 inches in diameter). Also, the predominant tree species is grand fir, which is far more prevalent in the Coastal Ranges than the Cascades. Highlight: A stunning panorama from the highest point on the east side of the valley surrounding Ashland, 3,000 feet above the valley floor."

"Grizzly Peak towers above a deep, forested valley southwest of Mount Jefferson and provides the best view of the mountain’s rugged west face. But the trip to the summit is not all sweetness and light.

A clue to the downside comes in the name. Since grizzly bears are only a distant memory in Oregon, some hikers have speculated that this peak was named because it is such a “bear” to reach the top. That is an overstatement, but you will get plenty of exercise."

Grizzly Peak Loop Trail Reviews

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7/13/2018
This loop is a very nice trail near Ashland. Tons of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, lush green forest, excellent views. Mt. Shasta and Mt. Adams are visible from the top! Dog and kid-friendly.
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6/26/2018
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6/16/2018
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9/10/2010
Just a quick note to let you know how my hike went. It was a 3 hour walk. The start while having some great views was the steepest climb and I was out of breath fast. As you get into it awhile the slope is more reasonable and you wont notice it so much. I took the summit rout, not the loop, so if any one has done the loop you might add that description on here. The peak is not at a view per=-se, and the view at that cairn is blocked heavily by trees. Work around up there and find a path to some nice field and have a sit on the ground. It was so quite and peaceful. I suggest you try this easy hike as I believe everyone will love the hike through the forrest.
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7/24/2010
This is just and amazing short hike that anyone can do. And you will be rewarded with one of the best view from the west side of the cascades......
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11/7/2007
Relatively pretty trail. Goes through forest and burnt forest areas. The views are probably much better in summer but it was either smoggy or foggy so we couldnt really see very far. Not a difficult trail and easy to get to. We'd like to try it again in spring or summer when the wild flowers bloom or just a little earlier in the fall when the trees are turning. Most of the trees had already lost their leaves.
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8/13/2006
Nice hike if staying in Ashland and want to get quickly out of town and into some cooler temperature. Great view, and the meadows are nice (although summer has passed them by). The loop discussed in the Falcon book has been completed, so their map is out of date. Distance with loop - 5 miles. My preference was to go to the left at the loop point, and I think that saves on a bit of climb. Disadvantage of going to left is that you get to the view points before the 1/2 way point, so plan accordingly. Altogher, hike took @ 2.5 hours, and wasn't pushing it.
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7/24/2005
I think we hit perfect weather today! It was about 85 with a light wind. This trail is great! I was not expecting the "big tree" forest experienced on about 70% of the trail. There were a number of meadows showing their spectacular flowers. The native grasses were almost shoulder high. The hike took us 2 1/2 hours total. A moderate pace. The trail is reasonably easy over all. The view from the summit is spectacular. We will definately return for a repeat. Warren
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7/19/2005
Great views from the peak. Most of the hike was very nice. The area that was in the fire a few years ago had a lot of tall grasses that you had to walk through, but it also had a lot of wildflowers, In mid July.
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10/11/2003
An easy trail with outstanding views. Take time to stop at the rock outcrop that shows the city of Ashland, Mt. Ashland, Emigrant Lake, Pilot Rock and Mt Shasta. The drive to trailhead is also beautiful. One of the prettiest trails we have been on so far.
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Trail Information

Jackson County
Nearby City
Green Trails No. 557 Mount Jefferson
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Sep 2018