Mount June is one of the closest hikes to Eugene with great rock habitat and good views. It is short but quite steep. Cliff penstemon and other rock lovers are abundant in June and July. At the main signed intersection, turn right and head up the steep trail to get to Mount June. Be sure to check out the ridge on the south side of the mountain, which has much more open rock than the summit. When you reach the opening, just as the path turns left to get to the summit, stay straight and walk across the opening to access the south side. For a longer hike, head left from the original intersection and follow the up-and-down, rocky, forested ridge to reach a large, steep-sloped meadow with Sawtooth Rock at the far end (seen on the nearby ridge in the photo above, taken on the south ridge of Mt. June). This meadow is awash with color in June.
Trail: 2.4 miles round trip (3730–4618′) to summit; 3.5 miles round trip to Sawtooth Rock; 4.5 miles to both
Location: Lane County; Umpqua National Forest, Cottage Grove Ranger District
USGS Map: Mount June; T20S.R1E.S32,33
Habitats: forest, meadow, seep, rock and cliff
Bloom: May to July; peak end of June to early July
Take exit 188A east off of Interstate 5. Drive 11.4 miles on Hwy. 58 and turn right into Dexter at a sign for Lost Creek. Turn left at Eagles Rest Rd after 3.7 miles. Follow this paved road for 7.7 miles. Stay to the left here onto what is now Rd 20-1-14. You will see a hiking sign. Follow this for 2.7 paved miles and 3.5 miles of gravel. At the crest of the hill, turn left onto Rd 1721 and take the first quick left uphill on Rd 941 [sign says 20-1E 31.3]. After a somewhat rough 0.4 mile you’ll see the trailhead sign on the right.
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