Southern Oregon is a magical place that is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From biking to hiking to skiing and more, there are plenty of things to do here all year long. Hiking is something that I enjoy year-round. And if you are looking for a great place to hike, check out Jackson County’s best hiking trails:
I tried to pick just one trail above Lithia Park, but I just couldn’t. From Red Queen to Bandersnatch to White Rabbit and Tooth Pick, there are just so many routes to choose from, all of which are amazing. You can take one quick hike around Red Queen or combine several trails for hours of fun. Additionally, bike-only and hiker-only trails keep all trail users safe — watch out for the intersections and look both ways!
Grizzly Peak is a local’s favorite but should be avoided during the colder months when there is snow at that elevation — unless you are up for snowshoeing. This 4.7-mile loop is gorgeous in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming. Dogs are welcome but remember your leash since it is a highly trafficked loop.
Often a detour for PCT travelers, Pilot Rock is a site to see. This 2.8-mile trail is all uphill, and with its narrow path, it is recommended for experienced hikers. Find your way to the top where you can stop and take in the view, or continue up through the rock crevis and make your way to the top of the rock.
Looking for another great view of the valley, take a drive to Medford and hike the Table Rocks. The famous Table Rocks are unique formations that we all stare at from down in the valley. But take a hike to the top and take in all of the splendor. Choose from Upper or Lower Table Rock, with Upper being a little bit of a shorter hike, and Lower featuring more terrain to explore.
Similar to the trail system above Lithia Park, Jacksonville has a unique trail system of its own. However, these hikes offer more a range of easy to moderate hikes. If you are looking for an easy hike that still shows off the beauty here in Jackson County? Check out Zigler Trail and Britt Ridge Trails which loop around through Britt.
The Wonder trail in Ashland is a 6-mile connection from Ashland Loop Road to Hitt Road. It can be hiked as an in and back or turn it into a longer hike by coming down Hitt to Strawberry and back around to Ashland Loop. I enjoy making it longer and taking in all the beauty Ashland has to offer while exploring one of Jackson County’s best hiking trails.