Battle Ax Trail is a hiking trail in Marion County, Oregon. It is within Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area, Opal Creek Wilderness Area, and Willamette National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,712 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,555 feet. Mount Beachie (elevation 5,466 feet) and Battle Ax (elevation 5,482 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Beachie Saddle.
Battle Ax Trail Professional Review and Guide
"It’s a long drive on a bumpy road. And parts of the hike up are rather dull. So why hike Battle Ax? Three reasons: one of the greatest views among all the hikes in this whole book, few fellow hikers, and easy access to a fantastic, lake-filled wilderness area.If you drive to the trailhead, you'll knock 1.4 miles off your walk. It isn't too exciting at first, winding up Bagby Trail #544 through thick forest. Halfway across this traverse, you'll enter an impressive rockslide, where if you give a shout, you'll notice that the sound really bounces around."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
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