Pilot Rock

Short and sweet, the trail leading to the top of Pilot Rock is worth the effort. The scramble to the summit offers a stunning 360° view of Southern Oregon and Northern California.


1.25 miles one way/1000ft elevation gain


The trail starts at an old quarry and follows a blocked-off forest service road for the first 3/4 mile, gaining about 200ft in elevation. It then takes a left onto the Pacific Crest Trail. The path stays with the PCT for about a 1/5 mile and 50ft of elevation. At this point, the well-marked and well-worn trail diverges and starts to gain all its elevation. This steep dirt trail leads to the base of Pilot Rock. The last bit of the trail is a scramble up a gully on the West side. A couple exposed, 6-8 ft, near vertical rock steps must be climbed to obtain the summit. While not overly difficult, care should be taken during this last section. Remember: what goes up must come back down! Also, loose rocks are abundant here. Make sure not to knock anything down onto other hikers!!!

Skill Level


Directions & 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.

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