Wagner Butte Trail

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon

Distance4.6mi
Elevation Gain2,577ft
Trailhead Elevation4,971ft
Top7,111ft
Elevation Min/Max4971/7111ft
Elevation Start/End4971/4971ft

Wagner Butte Trail

Wagner Butte Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson County, Oregon. It is within Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 4,971 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,577 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint.

Wagner Butte Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Wagner Butte towers directly above the Bear Creek Valley immediately west of Medford and Ashland. At 7,140 feet, it’s right next to and only 200 feet lower than Mount Ashland, the Siskiyous’ highest peak.

If you’ve ever wished there were a wilderness trail to the top of Mount Ashland instead of a network of roads, consider tackling Wagner Butte. The trailhead lies just 10.5 miles from downtown Talent. Highlight: The highest hikeable mountain overlooking Bear Creek Valley."

"This is a strenuous trail, but the reward is a stunning view of almost the entire world from the concrete base of a dismantled Forest Service fire lookout perched on granitic (granitelike) bedrock."

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7/16/2018
Great trail if you happen to be in the Ashland area. I really like this trail. The first few miles are a bit hard but then it becomes more level just in time for the views. I started pretty early on a hot day but there was plenty of shade for relief. Lovely scenery the whole way up but nothing compares to the awesome views at the top.
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8/18/2007
The Sullivan Coastal book lists the distance as 10 miles, rather than 8. And Mike is correct about the confusion on the junction -- once you turn left, at the sign which indicates what the RESTRICTIONS are, and then you get into a flatter clear cut/logging area within 10 minutes. Otherwise, you end up at the top of a different mountain (did that). Lovely little hike, rest of the description is correct. FYI - no cell coverage on the hike, in case you need to call for help 'cause the keys are locked in the trunk (did that too).
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6/2/2007
Great trail, beautiful views if it isn't hazy. The directions to trailhead may be outdated. After you leave the pavement and start on gravel road, after appx two miles you come to a fork. Bear left, after another couple of miles you come to another fork. From this point the directions on trails.com are good. Bear to left again. Its appx 5.8 miles from end of pavement to trailhead.
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10/11/2004
This is a great day hike. It took us 2.5 hours up at a pretty easy pace and 1.5 hours down. The trail starts out pretty steep then mellows a bit once you get passed the slide area for the remainder of the hike. On the way down we used my GPS and went down the slide area ( not recommended for weak ankles ) but it took 3 miles and a good 30 minutes off of the descent. The view from the top is excellent and worth the trek. The distance from the trailhead to the top traveling up the trail is 5.34 miles-one way-not 4 as some of the guidebooks said.
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Trail Information

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Nearby City
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Parks
Difficult
Skill Level
Klamath National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Talent and Mount Ashland 7.5' quadrangles
Local Maps

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