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Windigo Pass Trail #1412

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Trail

6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,584' 483 m
Descent: -51' -16 m
High: 5,835' 1,778 m
Low: 4,302' 1,311 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Bruce Hope

An easy trail that connects the Kelsey Valley to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Bruce Hope

Features River/Creek

The upper part of this trail may be closed by snow between November and May.

Description

This trail starts at the Kelsay Valley Campground and Trailhead and climbs gently to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at Windigo Pass. The trailhead is located along the Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River and the campground is designed to accommodate pack and saddle use as well as standard camping. Although primarily intended as an equestrian trail, the #1412 does afford hikers and backpackers the means to access other trails in the area and also to form loops. It also provides access to the northern part of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness.

Due to the horse traffic, the lower parts of the #1412 can be soft and dusty, but hikers should stick it out in anticipation of better trails ahead. About 0.3 miles from the trailhead, the #1412 reaches a junction with the Porcupine Connect Trail #1412A which can be used to access the North Umpqua Trail #1414.

The trail continues to climb gradually through the open forest crossing a couple of creeks. At about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, the #1412 reaches a junction with the Tenas Peak Trail #1445. From there, there are no more trail junctions on the Windigo Pass Trail as it continues easily on up to the head of the Bradley Creek drainage, swings east, parallels Forest Road 60 for awhile, and comes to an end at Forest Road 60-501 at Windigo Pass. This is a favorite PCT trail angel spot!

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The lower section of the Windigo Pass Trail
Jan 26, 2018 near Crater…, OR

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