Abbott Butte

The Abbott Butte lookout

  • 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

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 …

Other Hiking Options

Backpackers can continue …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.