Howlock Mountain Trail #1448

Area Status: Open

The trail passes through open stands of lodgepole pine for the first 3 miles. The timber type gradually changes to true fir-mountain hemlock as you gain elevation. At 1 mile the trail intersects with the Spruce Ridge Trail. About 2 miles out there is a large grassy meadow, Timothy Meadow, off to the left. Shortly after this you enter Mt. Thielsen Wilderness. At 3.5 miles, the Thielsen Creek Trail intersects to the right. This is the last water you pass along the trail. About 5 miles out, good views of Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen become available as open meadows become more common. At 7 miles, the trail ends as it connects with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near timberline.

The trail gains approximately 1,880 feet of elevation. The first 2 miles of trail is heavily used by horses. A horse rental concession is available adjacent to the trail head during the summer. The trail is also very popular with cross country skiers in the winter.

The trail is closed to all motorized and mechanical use where trail enters Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Boundary.

Howlock Mountain Trail #1448 - Typical trail

At a Glance

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

General Information


From Roseburg, OR Turn or OR-138 E/NE Diamond Lake Boulevard. Travel east on Highway 138. After mile marker 78 turn west onto Diamond Lake Loop Road #4795, the north entrance to the Diamond Lake Recreation Area. Go 0.3 mile to the Howlock Mountain Trailhead on the left.

Umpqua National Forest Recreational map location reference K-6. Located at Township 27 south, Range 6 east, section 32.

The trail can also be accessed from the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail approximately 19 miles south of the Windigo Pass Trailhead and approximately 11 miles north from the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trailhead on Highway 138.

Spruce Ridge Trail #1458 connects Howlock Mountain Trail #1448 to Mt. Thielsen Trail #1456. The Howlock Mountain and Spruce Ridge Trail junction is 1.7 miles from Howlock Mountain Trailhead.



  • Provides some loop opportunities along the way.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

  • Provides some loop opportunities along the way.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

  • Provides some loop opportunities along the way.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
5,390 feet - 7,220 feet range