Cow Creek National Recreation Trail #1424


Area Status: 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.

Trail elevation ranges from 4,160' at the highest point to 2,500' at the lowest. From mid to late fall and early to mid spring expect that higher-elevation sections of this trail will have snow cover. 

Cow Creek National Recreation Trail #1424 - Typical Trail

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/01/2022: Open, the trail is currently clear for 2 miles.
Fees: No
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Light
Best Season: Late Spring - Summer
Closest Towns: Tiller, OR
Water: Available for stock animals. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

General Notes:
Parking:
  • 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.

Directions:

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.


Activities

Mountain Biking

  • Trail is rated more difficult due to a gradual uphill climb towards Railroad Gap and numerous creek crossings.
  • Peaceful, natural spots to rest along the way abound.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Day Hiking

  • Trail is rated more difficult due to a gradual uphill climb towards Railroad Gap and numerous creek crossings.
  • Peaceful, natural spots to rest along the way abound.

Backpacking

  • Trail is rated more difficult due to a gradual uphill climb towards Railroad Gap and numerous creek crossings.
  • Peaceful, natural spots to rest along the way abound.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding

  • Trail is rated more difficult due to a gradual uphill climb towards Railroad Gap and numerous creek crossings.
  • Some creek crossings are becoming steep and may prove tricky.
  • Peaceful, natural spots to rest along the way abound.

General Info:

General Notes
Parking
  • 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.

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
6.5 miles

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