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Hobart Bluff

The trail to Hobart Bluff is short and sweet. In the springtime, the wildflowers on this hike make it one of the most picturesque hikes in the Rogue Valley. Starting at around 5280 ft in elevation, the first mile of the trail is on the Pacific Crest Trail(PCT) rolling through forests and meadows. At a mile in, the trail makes a well-marked left, diverging from the PCT. Another 0.5 mile of less and less forested trial leads to Hobart Bluff. At 5502 ft, the views from this sparsely treed bluff are some of the best of the valley!

Distance/Elevation

1.5 miles one-way / approx 220 ft. elevation gain

Terrain

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Gently rolling hills and meadows. Hobart Bluff itself is a large formation of Basaltic cliffs set above a small lake. The approach on the PCT and the climb up the back of Hobart is moderately strenuous, but very manageable. The view looking west and north is absolutely unique, and the light on some evenings is breathtaking!

Skill Level

Beginner to Intermediate

Getting There & Map

Recommended Equipment

Food & Water

For water, 2L-3L per person for a day trip is recommended. As for food, several small snacks throughout the day are recommended. Big meals are fun but bog you down. Small snacks allow for a continual flow of energy to your body. For your snacks, try to balance sugars, fats, proteins, and carbs so your body is continually fueled. This helps reduce crashes in energy during the day.

Additional Info

Care should be taken when visiting Hobart Bluff in the winter. Soda Mountain Road is often covered in snow and ice. Use of chains/traction tires is advised. Also, having a winter survival kit in your car never hurts!

Wildflowers are most plentiful from May to July. The view of Shasta from the top is amazing! The same is true of Mt. McLoughlin. Bring water, and your camera!

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