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Wagner Butte

This is one of the best day hikes in the area. Gaining almost 2000ft in 5 miles, the trail wonders through meadows and forests as it climbs its way to the top of Wagner Butte. At 7140ft, the top of Wagner Butte offers a magnificent 360° view of the Rogue and Applegate Valleys. On clear days, Mt. Shasta and Mt. McLoughlin are both visible on the horizon.

Distance/Elevation

5 miles one-way / approx 2180ft elevation gain

Terrain

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While not overly strenuous, the Wagner Butte Trail continually gains elevation. The trail starts with some switchbacks and merges with an overgrown forest service road. It continues with the old road, meandering through the forest and meadows, until it comes to the Sheep Creek Slide. This is an open area created by a severe thunderstorm in 1983 that set off a debris avalanche. From here, the trail continues gaining elevation and traversing SSE until it comes to Wagner Glade. At the glade, the trail switchbacks and continues on for another 2 miles of rolling terrain to the top. The Wagner Butte Trail ends on a rocky mound that was home to a fire lookout station until 1971. Now, the flat area where the lookout once stood provides amazing view to visitors.

Skill Level

Intermediate

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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