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Battle Ax Mountain

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Battle Ax Mountain Trailhead, which is not labeled.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • The trail was once a road.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Turn right at this fork in the road to start your climb.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • The former trailhead.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Battle Ax Mountain Trail.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Views from the Battle Ax Mountain Trail.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Rock formations along the trail.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Views from the Battle Ax Mountain Trail.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Battle Ax Mountain Trail.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Views from the Battle Ax Mountain Trail.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum).- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Evidence of the volcanic formation of these hills is plentiful.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier).- Battle Ax Mountain
  • View of Mount Jefferson just before the Battle Ax Mountain summit.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Wildflowers.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Taking in the views of Mount Jefferson on the way to Battle Ax Mountain.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Mount Jefferson views on the way to Battle Ax Mountain.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • View of Mount Beachie.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Elk Lake.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Mount Hood as seen from summit of Battle Ax Mountain.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Mount St. Helens from the summit.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Mount Jefferson from the summit.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Mount Washington and the Three Sisters.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood can be seen on a clear day from the summit.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Summit and site of a former lookout cabin.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • View from the summit of Battle Ax Mountain.- Battle Ax Mountain
  • Marker on the summit of Battle Ax Mountain.- Battle Ax Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Solitude.
Cons: 
Rough road.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,558.00 ft (474.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,000.00 ft (1,219.20 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Battle Ax Mountain Trail starts at an unofficial trailhead where washouts have closed the forest road. This portion of the trail follows the creek that washed out the road. You will reach what was the original trailhead, Trail #3340, and start your climb up a more obvious and more maintained trail.

The trail on Battle Ax Mountain is a mixture of dirt and rocks. Most rocky areas are talus fields that the trail crosses a few times as it switchbacks up the mountain. You will notice multiple rock formations and a diverse array of geologic formations in addition to wildflowers (if you hike in the spring) and stunning views. On a clear day you will be rewarded with views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Broken Top, and the Three Sisters.

A cabin was built on Battle Ax in 1925. It was replaced by a tower in 1951, but this was destroyed in 1969. Concrete pillars are all that remain from the site. There is room for a tent here or at a couple other areas along the trail, but there are no actual designated campsites. From the summit, return back the way you came or follow along the ridge to return on Trail #544.

Note that the trailhead has space for about four cars, and the road is rough. If you do choose to park at the unofficial trailhead, you will need a high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. For other parking options, try parking further down the road or at the campground. There is no marker indicating the trailhead.

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