This wonderful trail alternates between forest and dry rocky areas before opening up to a grand sloping meadow that at various times of year is filled with balsamroot, buckwheat, and lupines. At the top of the meadow sits an abandoned lookout. The terrific view takes in the Crater Lake Rim and Mt. McLoughlin and much of the rest of the southern Cascades.
Trail: 7.4 mile round trip (5370–6132′)
Location: Douglas and Jackson counties; Umpqua National Forest, Tiller Ranger District
USGS Map: Abbott Butte; T30S.R2E.S23,26,27
Habitats: forest, meadow, wet meadow, rock, seep
Bloom: late June to August
The trailhead can be reached from two directions. From Medford or south, take Crater Lake Highway 62 to the town of Prospect. Drive past Prospect 5.9 miles and turn left (west) onto Rd 68. Through 5 miles of pavement, you’ll pass the very nice Abbott Creek campground and several turns before the road turns to gravel. Continue up this for 7.5 miles more to Huckleberry Gap, and the trailhead will be on your right.
From the north and east, drive south on Hwy 97, west on Hwy 138. Turn right onto Hwy 230 after Diamond Lake, and continue south for about 6 miles after it turns into Hwy 62. Turn right (west) onto Rd 68, and continue as above.
From the north and west, head south on I-5 to Canyonville exit 98. Head east on Hwy 227 to the town of Trail. Turn left (north) onto 62. Or, take the Canyonville exit 98 off I-5 and drive to Tiller. Turn left on South Umpqua Rd 46. After 5.2 miles turn right onto Jackson Creek Rd 29. Follow this for 12.3 miles, then turn right onto Crooked Creek Road 68. Follow this gravel road for 15.8 miles to Huckleberry Gap, and the trailhead will be on the left.
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