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Brown Mountain

 4.4 (14)

A remote and long undulating aerobic ride through old growth, lava fields, & huckleberries.

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5,657' 1,724 m


4,681' 1,427 m


1,231' 375 m


1,307' 398 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed


The Brown Mountain Trail is most commonly ridden from east to west, or clockwise when combined with the High Lakes Trail to make a loop. Start from the trailhead on Forest Road 3640 on the NW side of Lake of the Woods, where the High Lakes Trail crosses it, and the Brown Mountain Trail begins near the kiosk and heads south. A gradual singletrack ascent of 700 feet over 2.5 miles through big trees brings you to the trail's high point at 5700'.

From here there is a long gradual descent, through huckleberry bushes which can at times partially hide some roots and rocks in the path.

The Pacific Crest Trail (no bikes) is crossed after 2 miles of this descent, then a small un-named doubletrack, then the Blue Lick road (gravel) is met at about 6 miles from the trailhead.
Use this road to cross the creek, then look left to pick up the singletrack again.

The next mile and a half follows the north side of the creek, and there are some rock gardens to negotiate before reaching the paved one-lane Brown Mountain Road and South Brown Mountain Trailhead. Cross this road and continue on singletrack for another half mile before it merges with a 4WD doubletrack which, after another mile and a half, brings you back around to the Brown Mountain Road near another creek crossing.

After crossing this creek, turn right on forest road 350 (sign for Brown Mtn Trail), and follow this for one tenth of a mile before turning left on singletrack again.

This next section of singletrack is spectacular as it winds between and through lava fields, gaining a couple hundred feet as it climbs up over the west side of Brown Mountain. In a little more than two miles, another doubletrack is reached.

This one is called the "Pillette Road" and is also the XC ski trail "Lollipop Loop" (sign) and takes you all the way to the North Brown Mountain Trailhead at 4730', 13.8 miles from where you started.

At this point, it is possible to continue straight ahead on the road to where the High Lakes Trail crosses it, then go left to Fish Lake resort for a beer. However, to complete the Brown Mountain Trail, continue up the final 3/4 mile section of trail, which is rough in places, to meet the High Lakes Trail.


Shared By:

Peter Carse with improvements by Dana Brown

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Going into the flow on Brown Mountain Trail
Nov 11, 2014 near Medford, OR
Coming out of the lava flow.
Nov 11, 2014 near Central…, OR
A lot of work created the trail through the lava on the west side of Brown Mountain
Jul 2, 2014 near Medford, OR
High Lakes Trail one mile from Fish Lake Resort
Jul 2, 2014 near Eagle P…, OR
Big trees along the Brown Mountain Trail
Jul 2, 2014 near Medford, OR
Brown Mountain Trail through lava on the west side of the mountain
Jul 2, 2014 near Medford, OR


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Aug 19, 2021
Michael Anderson
Oct 29, 2020
William Thayer
Jul 4, 2020
Chip Carter
Great July 4th ride 19mi — 3h 00m
Jul 4, 2019
Carrie Wilton
Jul 28, 2018
Michael Werdeman
Narrow track. Vegetation covers a lot of the trail. Easy climb long descend on a seemingly more narrow track. Turn into a loop at High lakes trail. 18.8mi
Sep 23, 2017
Aaron Croft
Aug 16, 2017
Dane Hoppe
Jul 23, 2017
Shawn Kellum