Cougar Butte Trail #1432

Area Status: Open
Cow Horn Arch on Cougar Butte Trai

A few hundred yards from the trailhead, the trail passes under Cow Horn Arch, an unexpected, breathtaking rock formation that towers 20 feet overhead.

Further along this high country trail, hikers will be met with excellent vistas of the Jackson Creek drainage and views that extend to Northern California on a clear day. The trail winds through large open alpine meadows full of wildflowers and along the tops of ridges with unusual rock formations before entering the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness at Cougar Butte. The trail can then be made into a lollipop loop with the Cougar Butte North Trail 1432N and the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail #1470. If making the loop, Abbott Butte Trail 1470A is a worthwhile side trip to the top of Abbott Butte, where you’ll find a deteriorating fire lookout and beautiful views of the Cascade Range and Crater Lake rim.

Trail elevation ranges from 5,600' at the highest point to 4,200' at the lowest. From mid to late fall through early to mid spring expect that the trail will have snow cover. 

Cougar Butte Trail - Cow Horn Arch Cougar Butte Trail - Typical Trail

At a Glance

Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within Rogue-Umpqua Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Tiller, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Tiller Ranger District

General Information


Cougar Butte Trailhead:  

From Canyonville, OR, turn off of southeast Main Street onto southeast 3rd Street / OR-227. Continue on OR-227 for approximately 23 miles until reaching the town of Tiller, OR. Turn left onto County Road 46 (South Umpqua Road) and continue for 5 miles. Turn right onto to Forest Road 29 (Jackson Creek Road). Follow Forest Road 29 for approximately 12 miles to Forest Road 68. Turn right onto Forest Road 68 and follow for approximately 6 miles to Cougar Butte Trailhead, located on the left side of the road.


Day Hiking

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Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:
  • Scenic views and mountain meadows make for an interesting hike.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
  • Scenic views and mountain meadows make for an interesting ride.
  • The trailhead is undeveloped, but has trailer parking available.

General Info:

  • Trailhead is undeveloped with plenty of parking for horse trailers.

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Viewing Scenery

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  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles

  Elevation : 
4,200 feet - 5,600 feet range