Bradley Trail #1491

Area Status: Open

Bradley Trail was one of the first trails through the area. This trail was named after Bill Bradley, a pioneer who used the trail in the early 1900s as a trade route to the east side of the Cascades. The trail once crossed the Cascades near Windigo Pass, but most of the trail was destroyed by road building and timber harvest, making this the only section still maintained for public use.

The trail meanders through a mixed conifer stand composed primarily of Douglas-fir and hemlock. Near the end, trail users will find a large grassy opening with widely spaced old-growth ponderosa pine. This large flat area, known as Pine Bench, was once periodically burned by Native Americans who used the area for hunting. Now, without the burning, Douglas-fir and incense cedar are beginning to encroach.

The Soda Springs Trail #1493 intersects approximately 0.5 mile from the eastern end. Most of this trail is within the Boulder Creek Wilderness.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within Boulder Creek Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Glide, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Diamond Lake Ranger District

General Information


From Roseburg, OR, travel east on Highway 138 for about 55 miles. Then turn left (north) off Highway 138 onto Forest Road 4775, the Medicine Creek Road. Go approximately 1 mile; the trailhead is on the left.

Umpqua National Forest Recreation Map reference is G-5. Location is Township 26 south, Range 3 east, Section 17.

The trail can also be reached from the Boulder Creek Trail #1552.

General Notes:
  • Wilderness rules apply.


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

This is a more difficult 2.4-mile trail.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

This is a more difficult 2.4-mile trail.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.4 miles

  Elevation : 
2,300' - 2,500'