Tire Mountain

7.6 miles round trip
800 feet elevation gain
Open May through November
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles 

If you’re eager to get a head start on summer, stroll through the wildflower meadows of Tire Mountain, a little-known retreat near Oakridge where the blooms of summer arrive by early June. The easy path contours 2 miles through sunny meadows with views of Cascade snowpeaks. Then the trail climbs through forest to Tire Mountain’s former lookout site.

From Interstate ... 

...The path ducks into the forest for half a mile and crosses two small meadows before emerging at the last and largest field, covered each June by a carpet of tiny pink plectritis wildflowers. Also look here for yellow monkeyflower, sunflower-like balsamroot, and blue camas.

If you’re tired, turn back at this final meadow. Otherwise, ...

Tire Mountain is named for Tire Creek, where story has it that an early traveler on the old military wagon road to Oakridge left a broken wagon wheel.

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

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