The Wagner Butte hike is the longest and most challenging option presented here at Insight to Ashland. The hike is roughly 5 miles each way, with a climb of about 2200 feet. It offers stunning views of the Siskiyous, various mountain meadows, and is a less traversed trail as compared to the other trails mentioned in our hiking section.
At the top you will encounter views of Ashland, Medford, Grizzly Peak, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Pilot Rock, Emigrant Lake and the Siskiyou Mountains. The roughly 4.5 – 5 hour round trip hike is well worth the effort for its stunning views and beautiful mountain side scenery.
Difficulty Level: Challenging
Directions: From downtown Ashland, head northwest on Lithia Way. Just out of downtown, Lithia Way turns into OR-99/N Main St. Follow OR-99 for about 4.5 miles where you’ll turn left onto Rapp Rd. Rapp Rd. follow a couple of sharp curves where it then becomes Wagner Creek Rd. Travel south on Wagner Creek Rd., and veer left at a junction after milepost 7. Continue for 2 miles to a fork and stay left. Continue another 2 miles, at which point you’ll see a parking lot on the right side of the road. The trail is on the other side of the road.
Outdoor Recreation Safety Note: Please be sure to read our safety note on our Outdoor Recreation home page.