Middle South Fork Trail #988

The Middle South Fork Trail is a delightful 6.3 mile hike, passing through a mixed conifer forest interspersed with sheltering stands of old-growth Douglas-fir. This hike provides picnicking and fishing for brook trout. This is an excellent hike for the entire family!

Beginning on Forest Road 37, the trail gradually descends along the river, crossing several small creeks. The observant hiker can enjoy several species of wildlife along the river and side streams; including deer, pileated woodpeckers, and water ouzels (dippers). Evidence of past beaver activity can be seen in several of the log jams that cross the river. Huckleberries are abundant on the upper reaches of the trail.

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: June - October
Usage: Light
Closest Towns:
  • Prospect, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


Use Middle South Fork Trailhead

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Upper South Fork Trail #986 (area is unavailable)
  • Trail is not designed for: pack and saddle, mountain bike, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles

  Elevation : 
4,000 feet - 4,400 feet range