Mule Mountain

Easy
(to Mule Creek)
3 miles round-trip
720 feet elevation gain
Open all year
Use: hikers, horses, bikes

Moderate (to gnarled oak ridge)
4 miles round-trip
1120 feet elevation gain

Difficult (entire loop)
10.6-mile loop
2800 feet elevation gain
Open April to mid-December

You’re unlikely to see other people on this route through the oak savannah foothills of the Applegate Valley, but you can count on meeting hawks and ground squirrels. One trail fork crosses a ridge to Mule Creek’s small mossy pools. The other fork climbs to a viewpoint on a ridge of gnarled white oaks.

Adventurers can combine the two trails on a difficult 10.6-mile loop, but be forewarned that this includes several miles along Mule Creek where the faint tread is crowded with poison oak. Although motorcycle use is allowed, it’s infrequent and pretty much confined to the first half mile near the trailhead.

To drive here from Medford...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.