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Jackson Ridge Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 773' 236 m
Descent: -506' -154 m
High: 3,389' 1,033 m
Low: 2,618' 798 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Bruce Hope

A good climb to a long ridge-hike with big views.

Bruce Hope

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

The trails are open year-round but can get muddy (or snowy) in places during the winter.

The trails are used by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, so please observe proper trail etiquette. A few trails are reserved for mountain biking (these are usually signed as such), so please don’t hike on these.

There are no potable water sources in the park or along the trails – be sure to bring plenty of your own.

Need to Know

There are no fees to use this park. There are 7 designated parking areas throughout the park, each with room for 5 to 12 cars. They are located near clusters of trail heads. Some have chemical toilets but most have no amenities beyond a parking space. Very useful paper trails maps are sometimes available at the parking area kiosks but can also be obtained online.

Description

The 2.6-mile long Jackson Ridge Trail climbs steeply some 700 feet from Parking Area P-5 to expansive views from atop Jackson Ridge. The 0.4-mile Jackson Ridge Bike Trail, which also starts at P-5, is a less steep way to gain the ridge.

Once there, the trail (which is now an old road) traverses the ridge to Blazer Junction and a junction with Sofie's Trail. If you continue straight from here on the old road (the preferred mountain biker route), you'll bypass the hiker's trail out to the views from the Jackson Ridge Shelter and a junction with the Claimjumper Trail.

Either way, you'll either stay on or re-connect with the ridge, pass a junction with the Legburner Trail and then the Atsahu Trail, before dropping back down through the woods to end at a junction with the Jackson Creek Nature Trail and the Jackson Creek Bike Trail (an old road).

Flora & Fauna

Watch out for ticks in the spring, rattlesnakes (rare) in the warmer months, and poison oak all year-round. Consider these nuisances if you let your dog off-leash.

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Descending the Jackson Ridge Trail toward Jackson Creek
Sep 5, 2018 near Jackson…, OR
Sunlight penetrates the canopy along the Jackson Creek Nature Trail
Sep 9, 2018 near Jackson…, OR
Thick vegetation along the Jackson Creek Nature Trail
Sep 9, 2018 near Jackson…, OR
Climbing Sofie's Trail
Sep 9, 2018 near Jackson…, OR
Fall color along the Legburner Trail
Oct 19, 2018 near Jackson…, OR
The Jackson Ridge Trail in winter
Sep 5, 2018 near Jackson…, OR

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