Mount Bailey Summit Trail

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain3,486ft
Trailhead Elevation5,230ft
Elevation Min/Max5226/8138ft
Elevation Start/End5230/5230ft

Mount Bailey Summit Trail

Mount Bailey Summit Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Umpqua National Forest. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 5,230 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,486 feet.

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75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books)
Barbara I. Bond
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"Mount Bailey is a Cascade shield volcano west of Diamond Lake and north of Crater Lake National Park. The long summit ridge is an easy scramble on typical Cascade rock—nice to look at but lousy for hiking. Approaching the summit, scramblers will encounter striking whitebark pines, particularly along the windswept west slope. From the summit scramblers will enjoy views of Mount Thielsen and Diamond Lake to the east. Wildflowers along the route feature Indian paintbrush, lupine, and penstemon." Read more
Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"Not quite as overwhelming as neighboring Mount Thielsen, 8,377-foot Mount Bailey is a favorite among Southern Oregonians. The two giant volcanoes, Thielsen and Bailey, rise up on opposite sides of Diamond Lake, just north of Crater Lake. Mount Bailey is the one seen from the Diamond Lake Resort. A major, if underrated, Cascade Peak, Bailey is only 800 feet lower than Thielsen, with a beautiful and challenging summit trail. Most of the stretch between Spur 380 and mile 5.3 snakes up a south-facing facet, with views of the Crater Lake rim to the south. Occasionally the path bumps a sharp rim, revealing panoramas to the northeast of Diamond Lake and Bailey’s dizzying avalanche bowl. Beginning 0.5 mile before the false-summit overlook, things become quite steep; be sure to bring water." Read more

Mount Bailey Summit Trail Reviews

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One of the most memorable hike I've done. The view from the summit is absolutely gorgeous (See photos I uploaded). Everywhere you look it’s like the most beautiful painting you’ve ever seen. The trail is very diverse lots of different landscape. You go through lots of different areas loads of timber, lodge pole pine, mountain hemlock and above the timberline is just jagged rocks. The 5 mile trail is on the difficult and challenging side, but definitely worth the trip. Make sure to bring lots of fluids.
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From the logging road trailhead the first mile or so traversed some rolling terrain along both foot and wider trails that I've come to learn are used for mountain biking and nordic skiing. In fact, parts of the trail was marked for a bike race that very day. Once we cleared the wider, flatter section, the trail inclined more rapidly and we spent the next mile or so gaining elevation until things level and opened enough for our first view of Diamond Lake. The forest was thicker through this section and the trees larger. After another mile the trees began to thin and the views to Mt. Scott and Mt. Thielsen were available most of the time. Once we cleared the tree line we came to a "snow bowl" that appeared to be the sunken caldera of an extinct volcano. After circling around that we began traversing a saddle between the caldera and the main peak. At some point the saddle became a rocky ridge and we had to navigate to the west side of it where things got a little tricky. The ground became littered with scree that looks to have chipped off of the ridge over the centuries. There was a steep slope of scree that presented something of a challenge over its 100 meters or so. Interestingly, about 2/3rds of the way up there was an eroded opening through the ridge that nicely framed Diamond Lake and Mt. Thielsen to the east. Be sure to take advantage of this photo-op. Once you make it over the scree slope, some fancy footwork is necessary to stay on the virtual trail until there's a minor "Hillary Step" to gain access to the final stage of the trail which zig-zags up some loose footing until it clears a rock wall and the summit is visible. Walk up the final 300 meters and enjoy the view. It took us about 4 hours trailhead to summit. Getting down took longer than I'd expect, mostly because my brave 12 year-old had had her fill of hiking and gravity wasn't providing its usual assist since her ankles were quite sore. We got down in about 3 hours.
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SO far the best hike weve been on! My ass was soar but the view made it all worth it. You can check out the pix at . You must take this hike. The peak is very prepared

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Trail Information

Umpqua National Forest
Nearby City
Umpqua National Forest
Skill Level
Umpqua National Forest, Diamond Lake Ranger District: (541) 498-2351
Local Contacts
USGS Diamond Lake; Umpqua National Forest
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