Mule Mountain Trail #919

This trail offers a special opportunity to access the hillsides above the Applegate Valley and witness the seasonal changes in flora and fauna. It is a long-distance hike, winding up and around the arid ridges of the Oregon Siskiyous. In the spring, a plethora of dwarf star tulips, lilies, shooting stars, larkspurs and buttercups add bright colors to the forest floor.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no longer access to a trailhead on Upper Applegate Road--the area previously used as a trailhead is private property, and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest does not currently have an easement. Please respect the landowner's wishes and access from the upper reaches of the trail (see directions).

Mule Mountain and Mule Creek is said to have received its name during the Indian War period when mules, pulling a howitzer (a small artillery piece) supposedly slipped off the trail and fell in to the creek, ruining the soldiers' gunpowder until it could be dried.

Multi-user Information: As this is a multi-user trail, prepare to yield to other user groups. Use caution on blind corners. Should you encounter stock, make your presence known, and move to the downhill side of the trail. Limit cycling and horseback riding to dry periods so as not to damage trail surfaces.

Attractions and Considerations: This trail provides spectacular views of the Upper Applegate Valley, making the “healthy” rate of climbing well-worth one’s efforts. A short side trail leads to Baldy Peak (elevation 4645’), also offering amazing views. The trail continues up the ridgeline to the junctions with the Mule Mountain Trail #919 and Forest Road 301.

This trail is not designed for use by motorized bikes or ATVs.

Prepare for your hike! Carry plenty of water, as there is no water along this trail.

Spring rains can roll in quickly and with ferocity, with thunder crashing and lightening snapping. Rainwear and layers are always the appropriate gear during the temperamental days of spring.

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 Charley Buck/Baldy Peak Trail trailhead.

General Notes:

Trail is not barrier-free.


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Viewing Plants

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
1,800 feet - 4,200 feet range