Split Rock Trail
ElevationAscent: 618' 189 m
Descent: -1,008' -307 m
High: 7,199' 2,194 m
Low: 6,517' 1,986 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
Current trail conditions
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“Challenging and sometimes faint, this stunning trail traverses a ridge from near the PCT to Wagner Glade Gap.”— Torsten Heycke
Heading north the trail ascends toward McDonald Peak and then heads steeply down into some groves of trees before re-emerging into an open meadow. This pattern of treed and meadowed areas repeats with the addition of some escarpment edges and one particularly rocky area. The actual Split Rock is shown on maps, but it is hard to pinpoint when hiking. The trail flattens out somewhat as one approaches Wagner Glade gap. From there one can continue 2 more miles up to the Wagner Butte Lookout (that's a 10-mile + out and back from FS Road 20, so make sure you have enough gas in the tank to make it back!).
It is easy to get off trail. Much of the trail is from a cow herder's fence line and you'll see remnants of old barbed-wire. Grazing hasn''t taken place here in a long time, the barbed wire fence is down, and nature has taken over and the trail has grown in. Ashland Woodlands and Trails has done minimum maintenance, per the Forest Service, mostly redirecting users away from endangered plants species. Use the Hiking Project mobile app to help find your way.
The views are unsurpassed: Mt Shasta, Mt McLoughlin, Mt Ashland, the Rogue Valley, the Marble Mtns, the Trinity Alps, and the coastal range. Various wildflowers abound in late spring, early summer.
The snow often lasts until July.
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