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Mcgrew Trail

Monday, June 16, 2014
Alt Names O'brien, Siskiyou National Forest, Grants Pass, Oregon Caves, Sourdough, Sourdough Camp, Mcgrew 4wd Trail, Rock Creek, Elk Creek, Illinois River, Biscuit Creek
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This is a remote area that mainly consists of gravel roads and jeep trails. The climbs are gradual (not too steep) but some sections of the trail are pretty rocky.

There is a nice staging and camping area next to the stream on the left near the main entrance at N42.01.615 W 123.46.079. You can stage here or drive in further. Follow the main road up the mountain, past the gravel pit, and bear right at the fork (go through the yellow gate) and look for a large unmarked open area on the right. This is the actual trailhead.

Some other recommended activites in the area are the Oregon Caves National Monument (north on 199), the Smith River Nation Recreation Area, and the redwood forest (10-15 miles south on 199).

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LOCATION
Nearest City O'Brien, OR
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From: Grants Pass, OR
1) Take 199 South to O'Brien (very small town)
2) Take a right in the middle of town
3) Turn right (west) on Lone Mountain Road (Country Road #5550)
4) Proceed approx 4 miles to National forest entrance - stage anywhere
5) Main trail head is another 5-6 miles ahead - veer right on 4402-19 fork - continue up hill to open area (trail head clearing).
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail, Gravel Pit
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros very remote, good scenery, nearby sight seeing, swimming/fishing holes, free camping
Cons rocky, mostly gravel roads & jeep trails
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
TERRAIN
Square Miles 600
Miles Of Trail 29
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 1666 to 3940 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has little sandy areas.Little
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has some dust on typical days.Some
Rocks This trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has some small jumps.Some
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single Track This national forest has no single track trails.None
Roads This national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
Intersections This trail has few intersections.Few
Rider Traffic The national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
Comment mostly gravel roads & rocky jeep trails
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes Oregon ATV Permit stickers required
Dates Open May through October
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (99 dB) Oregon ATV noise limits apply (all vehicles limit 99 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas Oregon ATV Permit stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
very rocky trails
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited vehicles must stay on trail
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms No Restriction
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (NE) Three Rivers Community Hospital (541) 472-7000
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (N) Chevron (541) 592-3080
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (N) Chevron (541) 592-3080
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (NE) Mountain Man RV Park (541) 592-2656
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (NE) Mountain Man RV Park (541) 592-2656
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (NE) Mountain Man RV Park (541) 592-2656
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (N) Speedy Mart & Deli (541) 592-2814
Swimming Swim Area On Site Rock Creek
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (S) Smith River NRA
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 20-30 Miles (E) Applegate Lake
CONTACTS
Contact Info Siskiyou National Forest - Wild Rivers Ranger District
26568 Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR 97523
(541) 592-4000
(541) 471-6500
www.fs.fed.us
Contact Info Oregon ATV Safety Education Card
(877) 772-3359
atv.info@state.or.us
www.rideatvoregon.org
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Mcgrew Trail Photo

Mcgrew Trail

This photo was taken near the main trailhead.  The road is wide and fairly easy to start.  It gets a little bit more narrow and rocky as you go but nothing too challenging.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

Scenery at Mcgrew Trail

You will cross over this small stream on othe way in.  Great scenery, crystal clear water.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

Scenery from Mcgrew Trail

One of many scenic panoramic views to be had from the main trail.  First time ATV riders could have a blast.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

There are numerous side roads that dead end quickly.  After taking a couple you'll realize that none of them go anywhere.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

There is a small gravel pit or play area along the main road.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

Scenery at Mcgrew Trail

This small creek is the perfect place to cool off, but watch out for the crayfish that lurk at the bottom!  You can stage very near where this photo was taken.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

Another shot of the play area at the gravel pit.  It was fun enough to mess around for a few minutes.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

The area is so remote that many of the roads get little trafffic.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

Some of the side roads get very little traffic.  There were alot of downed trees and dead ends.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

This was a typical fun section in the first mile of the main trail.  Lots of turns with slight climbs and dips.  Not too many rocks.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

This is a bridge crossing for the stream along the main road.  We didn't know the area so we staged right near the entrance.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

This is a view from the hill top at the gravel pit.  You can see the main road in the distance.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

Smooth and easy, these are great trails for beginners or ATV sight seeing.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

Another scenic view from the main road.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

Scenery at Mcgrew Trail

This place may not be the single track twisty that you were hoping for but still, it is a gorgeous ride.
Mcgrew Trail Photo

Terrain example at Mcgrew Trail

Some sections of the trail are a bit rocky.  It gets rockier than this too, but not really difficult or steep.
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