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The Tom and Jerry Trail is five miles long and provides access to the northern end of the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

The Tom and Jerry Trail provides access to the northern end of the Sky Lakes Wilderness. This area receives less use than the lake basins, and can provide solitude for those wishing to spend some time alone. McKie Shelter is an old trail camp location. The shelter was built between 1934 and 1936, and was named after a sheepherder, Tom McKie. Numerous meadows, small streams, and rock formations in the McKie vicinity make this an interesting area to explore. The Mudjekeewis Trail provides spectacular views of the Middle Fork Canyon, which is over 3,000 feet deep. Both of these trails can be very rocky in places. Horse feed is plentiful.

Water is available along the first 1.5 mile, and then the trail is dry until you reach McKie Shelter. There is no water available on the Mudjekeewis Trail. Visitors should be aware that water in the wilderness and backcountry areas may not be safe to drink. Water is not tested and should be purified before drinking.

Directions: From Butte Falls, Travel one mile east out of town on County Road 821 until you reach the Prospect-Butte Falls Highway (#992). Travel northeast for approximately 25 miles until you come to Forest Service Road #37. Turn east and continue traveling for 3 miles until you reach road #3795 (please watch for log trucks!). Follow road #3795 for 4 miles to road #600. Turn east and go • mile to the trailhead. Parking is limited (two or three vehicles) and there is no room to turn around with a trailer. Horse trailers should consider unloading at Bessie's Shelter • mile back on road #600.

Elevation: 5,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Distance: 5.0 miles

Usage: Light to Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

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Rogue River National Forest, Oregon

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