The Stein Butte Trail was named for one of the many prospectors who mined this vicinity during the early gold rush years of the 1850's and 1860's and features areas of historical as well as scenic interest. Panoramic views of Applegate Lake and the rugged Siskiyou Mountains may be seen along the ridge. Evidence of hydraulic, surface and lode mining activity, dating from the turn of the century, is present along the trail. There is no water along this route.
Beginning at Seattle Bar, the trail passes underneath the Applegate Road bridge and crosses Manzanita Creek Road 1041. Leaving this road, the trail climbs steadily through a mixed conifer forest at a moderate grade for 2.5 miles to Elliot Ridge. Views from the ridge display the dramatic differences between the dark green forests of the north slopes and the pale green and brown tones of predominantly brush and grass seen on the south facing slopes. The trail continues along the ridge to a crest just below Stein Butte. A short side trail to the top of Stein Butte offers excellent vistas of the Red Buttes and much of the Siskiyou Crest.
A loop can be made by leaving the ridgeline at the trail junction approximately 0.3 miles east of the side trail at the top of Stein Butte. At this trail junction, follow the 2.6 mile long New London Trail #928 down the relatively steep grade to Elliott Creek Road 1050. Turn right at the trailhead and follow the road back to Seattle Bar.
Directions: From Ruch, Travel south on County Road 859 13 miles past the Star Ranger Station to the junction with Carberry Creek road. Turn left and continue one mile to the Seattle Bar trailhead.
Elevation Gain: 2,391 feet
Distance: 4.9 miles
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