Moderate (to Abbott Butte)
6.8 miles round-trip
1500 feet elevation gain
Open July through October
Use: hikers, horses
Difficult (to Elephanthead Pond)
9.8 miles round-trip
1950 feet elevation gain
Left: The Abbott Butte lookout.
Wildflowers and vistas line this spectacular, often overlooked portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness’s ridgecrest. The chief destination here is Abbott Butte, where an abandoned lookout tower straddles a small cabin. But an equally interesting goal is Elephanthead Pond, in the shadow of an enormous, elephant-shaped cliff.
To drive here from Medford, head ...
The trail sets out ....
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Backpackers can continue ...
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.