Cathedral Hills Trail System

Just outside of Grants Pass, Cathedral Hills is a trail system for hikers, bikers, and horse-riders. Since it’s so close to a city, I have always kinda avoided going there. However, last weekend I didn’t have much of an option with the rainy/snowy weather all over the region, so I tried out Cathedral Hills for the first time. It was pretty wet, so I only got a few pictures. I started at the Espey trailhead and did the Backside loop, along with the W trail and Wild Rose loop.

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Backside loop + W trail and Wild Rose loop, 3.28 mi, 607 ft elevation gain

Today I decided to return to Cathedral Hills, especially since it wasn’t raining as consistently and I had some more trails to explore. This time, starting from the same trailhead, I did the Outback loop, which is a bit longer. I also added on the Skycrest loop via Timber Riders trail. The skies were a little more kind to me this time and I got some pretty pictures of fog rolling over nearby hills. I also got a lot of macros of lichen and plants.

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I love this little mushroom picture

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Outback loop + Skycrest loop via Timber Riders, 4.76 mi, 653 ft elevation gain

All in all, this trail system does the trick when you’re desperate for a hike, but it’s really built more for mountain bikers and it’s way too close to the city for my taste. I’ll have to keep exploring to find something more isolated for next weekend.

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