Siskiyou Crest to Wrangle Gap Hike


The group I often hike with calls this “The Blue Gentian Hike”. Timing for this hike if you want to see the flowers should be from late August until mid September. This year we did the hike on September 29th and there were still a few flowers blooming. Hiking distance is out and back so can vary from 5 to 10 miles, depending on your stamina.

Although there are a few ways to access this hike, the most common directions seem to tell you to start at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area and exit the top parking lot on Forest Road 20. Continue until you get to the trailhead at the right of the junction with Forest Rd. 20 and Rd. #2030. You can also reach the trailhead by going south from Jacksonville, Oregon 7 miles on highway 238 to Ruch and turning left on Upper Applegate Road at the Ruch Country Store.  Go about 9 miles and turn left on Forest Road 20.  Follow Road 20 18 miles to the trailhead at Wrangle Gap and Forest Service Road 2030.

Here is a web site that list directions for accessing the Siskiyou Crest/Wrangle Gap trail. We began our hike differently, approaching the Pacific Crest Trail, which this hike follows, driving from Talent, Oregon on Wagner Creek Road, continuing up past Wagner Butte.  You can download my waypoint.gpx file here if you have a GPS receiver or a mapping program.  That way you can see exactly where this hike is.

Below are a few more photos from this hike.  If you are reading this on the blog page, you can click the post title and get a better view of the photos on a full width, single post, page.

Mount McLoughlin in the CascadesMt. McLoughlin in the Cascade Range

Mt. ShastaMt. Shasta in California

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1 Steve

Fantastic photos and a fantastic sounding hike! I’m guessing that if you were to do the hike now and take pictures, there’d be a lot more snow. 🙂
Your photo of the moon seen through the pine tree branches reminds me that we watched the “blue” moon rise last night. Something about the moon always fascinates me.
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2 Kathy Tremblay

Hi Will!
GORGEOUS photos! It occurs to me that some friends of ours moved to your vicinity (Ashland, OR) a few years back from New Hampshire who are also very avid hikers and who live a very healthy lifestyle as well. Although I don’t know if they are part of any hiking groups, it would be interesting if you all run into one another on the trail. If you often see a guy with a long grey braid and beard, wears a piece of rope or twine as a belt, hikes in sandals, and has his beautiful little daughters and a dog or two with him frequently, you probably know him. 🙂

🙂 Kath
(PS: Still trying to find that perfect cookware – which is how I found your blog to begin with!)


3 Keith

I guess I need to get out to the West Coast. Those views of the mountains are fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Will.


4 Tony McGurk

Great photos Will. What a beautiful area to hike in. That 2nd photo looks like Lupins, Michelle has some of them growing in our garden.


5 Carol Ingelson

Is this really you, Will???? Hope all is well with you and family. Our Wednesday Hikers group plan to do this “blue gentians” hike next Wednesday 8/7/13.


6 Will

Hi Carol – Yes last time I checked I was really me!


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