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Ponderosa Trail



1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 507' 154 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 3,481' 1,061 m
Low: 2,984' 910 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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Trail shared by Bruce Hope

One of the best trails for reaching the top of Roxy Ann Peak in Medford's Prescott Park.

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The main gate on the Entry Road (Roxy Ann Road) is typically open 8am to 8pm in the spring and summer and closes at 5pm in fall and winter. If this gate is closed, you may continue into the park without a vehicle. You may park along the Entry Road or at the electric substation as long as there is accessibility for maintenance vehicles and you are not blocking gates. Please be aware that quarry trucks use this road system.

Need to Know

Gate hours may vary depending on weather and maintenance needs. Many trails here become very muddy when wet and are closed at those (few) times. There is no potable water in the park, so be sure to bring plenty of your own.

The park is open all year but can be hot in the summer months - plan your trips then for early morning or evening. There is also a LOT of poison oak (and some ticks) here and staying on the trails is the best way to avoid or minimize contact with these. If you let your dog off-leash, be prepared for a wash and tick check after your visit.


The Ponderosa Trail starts directly across from the picnic area on the Loop Road and climbs - through one long and one short switchback - to its end at Tower Road just below the summit of Roxy Ann Peak. It starts on the drier west side of the peak, then swings around its wetter east side into a forest of tall Ponderosa pines.

When you reach Tower Road, turn right (west) to reach the excellent viewpoint of Roxy Ann's west side or turn left (east) to descend Tower Road to the Loop Road. The Rock & Roll Trail starts almost directly across Tower Road from the end of the Ponderosa Trail.

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Mar 11, 2019
Travis Rodriguez
Wish pandarosa trail was longer! 1mi

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Climbing the Ponderosa Trail in winter.
May 25, 2018 near Medford, OR
Climbing the east side of the Ponderosa Trail in winter.
May 25, 2018 near Medford, OR
Climbing the Ponderosa Trail in winter.
May 25, 2018 near Medford, OR
The lower end of the Ponderosa Trail in winter (there old handmade trail signs are being replaced).
May 25, 2018 near Medford, OR


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