Abbott Creek Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"From the Huckleberry Gap Trailhead , the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail (1470) makes its way gently downhill, through a dense and gloomy woods on the north face of Quartz Mountain (5,657 feet), a rocky peak just west of Abbott Butte (6,131 feet). The highlight of this first mile is a huge outcrop of columnar basalt halfway along. Approaching Windy Gap, look for Alaska yellow cedar in the woods, along with Douglas-fir, white fir, noble fir, and western white pine. A brief glimpse of Abbot Butte turns up just before Windy Gap. Highlights: A mountaintop lookout tower (Abbott Butte) and an impressive rock formation (Elephant Head)."
--Art Bernstein, Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous (Falcon Guides).
"The Rogue–Umpqua Divide Wilderness is a narrow, 33,000-acre wilderness in the western Cascades west of Crater Lake National Park. This wilderness is full of dense forest and high ridges. The western Cascades are older than the high Cascades and the mountains are more eroded and lower elevation than the young volcanoes along the Cascade crest. This wilderness scramble will provide you with a look at an unknown area with abundant spring wildflowers, dense mountain hemlock, and true fir."
--Barbara I. Bond, 75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books).
"A short day hike in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. The half-mile climb affords a commanding view of the surrounding area. Special attractions: Wonderful views.Hike Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail 1470, an old dirt road leading to Windy Gap and the wilderness boundary at 0.7 mile. Continue another 1.3 miles to the junction of Abbott Butte. The half-mile climb affords a commanding view of the surrounding area. This is the second such lookout atop the butte, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Although it was last used on a regular basis in the 1960s, it was considered an emergency lookout until the time the area was designated wilderness in 1984. Although some districts have chosen to remove structures such as this, the Tiller Ranger District has decided to leave the historic structure as it is and let it crumple through natural processes. Those interested in hiking farther down the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail may want to continue another 1.4 miles to two small ponds inhabited bybeavers. Also, there’s a commanding view of Elephant Head, a unique rockformation."
--Donna Lynn Ikenberry, Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry) (Falcon Guides).
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