This section of the Brown Mountain Trail is a delightful hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride along the southern flanks of Brown Mountain. Passing through a shaded old growth forest, the trail offers opportunities for morel mushroom hunting in the late spring; shade loving wildflowers, such as orchids and trilliums, blanket the forest floor in early summer; good huckleberry picking in late summer; brilliant fall colors. Water sources are untested and should be considered unsafe to drink.
Beginning on Forest Road #3705, the trail follows the South Fork of Little Butte Creek. At 1.5 miles the trail crosses road #500 and continues through the forest alongside the creek, which now becomes swampy and abound with willows. At 2.5 miles road #560 is crossed and at 2.9 miles the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is crossed. (Mountain bikes prohibited on PCNST). While the trail skirts the massive lava flows of Brown Mountain, the mountain is almost hidden by the forest. Between 3.6 and 3.9 miles the mountain and lava flows can be viewed through the trees. At 5.2 miles the trail forks: the trail to the left continues to High Lakes Trail #6200 (1.5 miles). Follow the trail to the right 0.1 miles to road #3640.
Directions: From Ashland, Access #1 (Forest Road. #3705) Take Highway 66 east half a mile past the Ashland Ranger Station to the Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Highway and travel 22 miles to Forest road #37 (Big Elk Road). Turn left on to Forest road #37 and proceed 6 miles to forest road # 3705. Turn right onto road #3705 and continue 3.5 miles to the trailhead. Parking is available for 4 -5 vehicles using turnouts on the road. NOTE: If you have two vehicles leave one vehicle here and shuttle the second vehicle to Access #2. Park the second car there and hike a gentle downhill grade back to the first car. (Note that the trail description should now be read in reverse.)Access #2 (Forest Road. #3640) Follow directions to the trailhead in Access #1. From this trailhead, proceed southeast on road #3705 for 1 mile to the junction with forest road #3720 and continue for 1.5 miles to the junction with road # 700 and proceed 3 miles to road #3640. Turn left again and continue 1.5 miles to the intermediate trailhead. There is no developed parking, but a spur road about 200 feet north of the trail is adequate for two cars.
Elevation: 4850 feet
Distance: 5.3 miles
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