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Cathedral Hills Trail System

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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  • An example of the amazing trees at Cathedral Hills.- Cathedral Hills Trail System
  • Skycrest Loop.- Cathedral Hills Trail System
  • - Cathedral Hills Trail System
  • - Cathedral Hills Trail System
  • On the top of Outback Loop.- Cathedral Hills Trail System
  • View to the West from the 'W' trail.- Cathedral Hills Trail System
  • Coming back down the 'W' trail.- Cathedral Hills Trail System
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great signage. Smooth trails. Beautiful forest. Close to town.
Cons: 
High traffic. Poison oak.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
950.00 ft (289.56 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
7.53 mi (12.12 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,243.00 ft (378.87 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Cathedral Hills Trail System offers excellent mountain biking, hiking, running and horseback riding, all just minutes from downtown Grants Pass. This Josephine County Park is on land that is mostly owned and managed by the BLM. The trails range from wide and gentle thoroughfares to steep, rutted chutes and all kinds of terrain in between. The landscape is amazing, with gorgeous stands of ponderosa pine, knobcone pine, whiteleaf manzanita, and madrone.  In fact, the largest known specimens of knobcone pine and whiteleaf manzanita in Oregon can be found here. Combine the Outback Loop and Skycrest Loop  for a great intermediate ride with moderate climbing and views of Grants Pass. The 'W' trail and the Wild Rose Loop offer fast, smooth, twisty singletrack with some views to the west. For more advanced riders, Shortcut offers steep and technical downhill, Zed's is tight and smooth, while the aptly named Hogback is a leg burner. Keep an eye out for deer and one of the resident flocks of wild turkeys. Be sure to stay on the trail as poison oak is the the predominate ground cover in most of the park. The main trailhead at the end of Espey Road has restrooms and parking for horse trailers.

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