Cook and Green Trail #959

The name "Cook and Green" is derived from Robert Cook and William A. Green, Hudson Bay trappers and 1850s settlers of Seiad Valley, California. Green was the first postmaster in Seiad in 1858-61.

From FS Road 1040, the trail begins a gradual ascent through a dense forest comprised of canyon live oak, mountain mahogany, and big leaf maple. The trail continues a 3.5 mile traverse above Cook and Green before reaching No-See-Em Camp. This campsite is one of only two sites large enough to accommodate 1-2 tents.

Beyond the campsite, the trail climbs gradually along the west side of Bear Gulch. Here, the deciduous forest gives way to large stands of old-grown Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, noble fir, and the rarer Brewer’s spruce. Ferns, beargrass, and huckleberry bushes blanket the forest floor. A small spring marks arrival at Cook and Green Pass, and the end of the Cook and Green Trail.

The Cook and Green Trail offers an opportunity for a 15 mile loop beginning and ending at the Cook and Green trailhead. This loop can be completed by taking the Cook and Green Trail (8.2 miles) to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail at Cook and Green Pass. From Cook and Green Pass, head southwest on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail for two miles to the junction with Horse Camp Trail #958 above Echo lake. Turn right and descend on the Horse Camp Trail #958 for 3.9 miles to the Horse Camp Trail #958. From the Horse Camp Trailhead, walk north on road 1040 for 0.5 mile to the Cook and Green Trailhead.

Attractions and Considerations: The Cook and Green Trail offers opportunities for fishing, camping, and viewing a diverse forest ecosystem.

Prepare for your hike! Carry plenty of water. Water may be found at two springs along the trail. Water treatment is recommended.

As this is a multi-user trail, prepare to yield to other user groups. Use caution on blind corners. Bicycles and motorized bikes are not permitted on the PCT

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Closest Towns:
  • Ruch, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


From Ruch, OR, travel south on Upper Applegate Road for 18.8 miles to the junction with Carberry Creek Road (County Road 777) and turn left (southeast). Proceed 1.5 miles to the junction of FS Roads 1040 and 1050, and turn right on FS Road 1040. Continue for 3.5 miles to Cook and Green Trailhead on the left. A parking lot is located across the road from the trailhead.

General Notes:


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult


Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

OHV Trail Riding

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.2 miles

  Elevation : 
2,280 feet - 4,765 feet range