Charlie Buck / Baldy Peak Trail #918

The name Charlie Buck/Baldy Peak is a combination of two trails that were re-aligned to provide continued access to the Baldy Peak area while dropping approximately 2 miles of the old Charlie Buck Trail from the trails system. The name Charlie Buck comes from a settler around the 1900s named Charles Buck. The Buck family owned several properties along the Applegate River in the vicinity of McKee Bridge. The new trailhead was established in 1994.

The name Baldy Peak comes from the fact that the south and west slopes of this peak are covered by grassy meadows and scattered oaks giving it a barren or bald appearance, in contrast to the heavily forested north and east slopes.

The Charlie Buck/Baldy Peak Trail proceeds uphill from road 2000-940 at a healthy rate of climb, but it is well worth the effort with spectacular views of the Upper Applegate Valley. A short side trail will take you to Baldy Peak (elevation 4,645 feet) for the best views. The trail continues on up the ridge to the junctions with Mule Mountain Trail #919 and FS Road 2010-301.

Considerations: Prepare for your hike! Carry plenty of water, as there is no water along this trail. As this is a multi-user trail, prepare to yield to other user groups. This trail is not designed for use by motorized bikes or ATVs.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
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 9.2 miles, and turn left on Forest Road 20 (Beaver Creek Road). Follow Forest Road 20 for approximately 1.5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 940 and turn right. Follow Forest Road 940 for approximately 3 miles to the trailhead.

General Notes:


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2,600 feet - 3,680 feet range