Grouse Loop Trail #941

Trail Information: The Grouse Loop Trail is a pleasant hike that offers great views of the mountains that surround Applegate Lake.

From the trailhead located across Upper Applegate Road from Hart-Tish Park, the trail travels 300 feet to a loop junction. Continue on the left fork, where the trail begins a gentle one-mile uphill ascent, gaining 700’ in elevation while traversing a shallow basin of old-growth Douglas-fir, sugar pine, and ponderosa pine. The ridgeline affords amazing views of Elliott Creek Ridge and the Red Buttes Wilderness.

Leaving the ridgeline, the trail begins a moderate descent back to Hart-Tish Park through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest.

Things to See and Do: Keep an eye out for unique plant species across the landscape—bringing a plant identification book and counting the number of species you see on your way to the ridge is a great pastime!

Considerations: Drinking water is available at Hart-Tish Park during the spring and summer months only. Prepare for the season you’re hiking! Carry plenty of water, as there is no water along this trail.

Hart-Tish is seasonally-operated by a concessionaire, and a $5 vehicle entry fee is charged during the summer months. Facilities at the park include picnic areas, a swimming area, boat ramp, restrooms, fish cleaning station, and a small store.

As this is a multi-user trail, prepare to yield to other user groups.

At a Glance

  • Hart-tish Park charges a vehicle entry fee during the summer months.
Open Season: Year Round
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, drive south on Upper Applegate road for 15.6 miles to Hart-Tish park.  A temporary parking area is available 800 feet north of the trailhead.    

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail #940
  • Trail is not designed for: pack and saddle, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive, barrier free


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.8 miles

  Elevation : 
2,000 feet - 2,700 feet range