Flat Rock Trail #1526

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Flat Rock is the site of a fire lookout tree which was once used as an observation point. A fire lookout tree is a type of fire lookout that requires attaching a device such as a ladder or spikes to a tall, straight tree so that lookout personnel can easily ascend to survey their surroundings. Although no longer in use for this purpose, the original fire lookout platform—now grown into the tree—can still be seen. After a steep climb to the top, the summit provides wonderful views of the surrounding forests, as well as Hemlock Lake, Mt. Thielsen, and Mt. Bailey. Wildflowers are plentiful throughout the summer months.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/08/2020- Open, but current conditions unknown. Be prepared to navigate downed trees and other potential hazards.
Fees No
Open Season: Year Round - undefined
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: 33 miles from Glide, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


Trailhead parking for the Yellow Jacket Loop Trail #1522 provides a favorable opportunity for turning around vehicles pulling trailers.


From Roseburg, OR, turn onto OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Continue on OR-138 approximately 16 miles until you reach the town of Glide, OR. Upon entering Glide the North Umpqua Ranger Station will be on your left. From the North Umpqua Ranger Station, take Highway 138 west 0.1 mile to County Road 17, the Little River Road. Follow County Road 17 for 16.5 miles until it becomes Forest Road 27 near Coolwater Campground. Continue on Forest Road 27 for 3 miles to the end of the pavement, then continue another 12 miles on the gravel road to Forest Road 2700-495, which leads to Hemlock Lake Campground. Park near the picnic area, then hike the Yellow Jacket Loop Trail #1522 until you see the trailhead sign for the Flat Rock Trail #1526. The trail begins at milepost 1.25 on the Yellow Jacket Loop Trail #1522 and ends at Flat Rock.



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  Area/Length : 
0.8 miles

  Elevation : 
4,700 feet - 5,310 feet range