Cow Creek National Recreation Trail #1424

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This National Recreation Trail follows Cow Creek through a dense stand of Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock for approximately 4 miles. Giant old growth, lush glades of moss and ferns—including maidenhair and swordfern—and brilliant fall colors are features of this part of the trail. The final miles of the trail climb the ridge to Railroad Gap Trailhead and Forest Road 3232-911, passing through a part of the forest that was replanted after lightning fires burned much of Southern Oregon in 1987. Be prepared to ford five creek crossings up to two feet deep or look for stable, downed logs to use as bridges.

Cow Creek National Recreation Trail #1424 - Typical Trail

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 01/14/2021: Current condition report not available
Fees No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Tiller, OR
Water: Available for stock animals. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

General Notes:
  • Parking for three vehicles including horse trailers.
  • Facilities include one hitch rail, one toilet, picnic table, and fire pit.
  • A pump chance nearby provides stock water access.


From Azalea, OR, travel east on County Road 36 for about 18 miles to the junction of Forest Road 3232. Turn right onto Forest Road 3232 and continue for about 1 mile, the trailhead is on the right side of the road.



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  Area/Length : 
6.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2,500 feet - 4,160 feet range