Trail difficulty
Blue
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
7.53 mi (12.12 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great signage. Smooth trails. Beautiful forest. Close to town.

Cons

High traffic. Poison oak.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

1,243.00 ft (378.87 m)

Net Elevation Gain

950.00 ft (289.56 m)

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas

Suitable for

Hiking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide

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