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Humbug Mountain Trail

Humbug Mountain State Park

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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Humbug Mountain Trail

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  • Parking is in a gravel lot on along the highway opposite the campground, however this tunnel allows hikers to start at the campground to access the trail.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • A sign marking the beginning of the Humbug Mountain Trail.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • With over 1,700 feet of elevation gain on the hike, the trail starts with switchbacks rising up into the forest.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • About a mile in hikers will reach a fork, allowing them to choose to climb the shorter and steeper western trail or the slightly longer eastern trail.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • At the higher elevations, the trail passes through scenic forest. - Humbug Mountain Trail
  • A bench along the western trail allows hikers to stop and take in the ocean views.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • Port Orford is visible from the western trail.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • Slopes tend to become more gradual as the trail nears the top.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • The eastern and western trail forks meet just beneath the summit of the trail.- Humbug Mountain Trail
  • The trail summit has somewhat anticlimactic views, though it does have a bench and makes a good spot to take in the day and have a snack!- Humbug Mountain Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth trees. Ocean views.
Cons: 
Highway noise. Little view at the top.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
1,748.00 ft (532.79 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,725.00 ft (525.78 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.60 mi (9.01 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,750.00 ft (533.40 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
22.00 ft (6.71 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Humbug Mountain Trail, though not the most scenic trail inside the park, offers the most epic hiking route with Humbug Mountain State Park. At around 5.6 miles roundtrip, the trail climbs over 1,700 feet from the trailhead to the hike summit. Along the way, the trail heads through a forest of old-growth Douglas fir, spruce and grand fir. A couple of small creeks cross the route, and views through the dense forest are isolated to occasional views of neighboring mountains or the vast Pacific Ocean.

About a mile in, the trail offers two forks; the western trail reaches the top in about 1.6 miles, and the eastern trail has a slightly more gradual grade and hits the top in about 2 miles. The eastern trail has quite a few more downed trees from past storms lying across the trail and posing obstacles. The western trail also faces the ocean and has a dense feel due to the higher amounts of fog and moisture sweeping in from that side.

The peak of the trail is a bit anticlimactic, as it is not the actual mountain summit but just a small clearing with surrounding trees not allowing for a wide vista. However, there is a bench at the top, and the sun may be a welcomed change after the cool shady hike up.

Parking is at a wide gravel turnout opposite the Humbug Mountain State Park Campground, though campers can access the hike by crossing through a tunnel beneath the highway at the far western edge of the campground.

There are no amenities in the parking area or anywhere along the hike.

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