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Mcgrew Trail

Friday, July 01, 2016

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, Cedar Springs

Last Known StatusClosed

This was a remote but area that mainly consisted of a rugged 4x4 trail but is now permanently closed to motorized use with no plans to reopen. The climbs were gradual (not too steep) but some sections of the trail were pretty rocky. The trail was primarily traveled from east to west, ending near Sourdough Camp.

Sourdough Camp can still be reached by heading about five miles south past McGrew Trailhead on Lone Mountain Road and taking the turnoff for NF-4402/Wimer Road heading west. Those looking for rocky 4x4 trails may want to check out Rattlesnake Ridge, which is about an hour south off 199.

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

This listing will remain up for historical purposes and to save a wasted trip.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityO'Brien, OR
AddressLone Mountain Road, O'Brien, OR 97534
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Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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

AreaTrail, Gravel Pit
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosvery remote, good scenery, nearby sight seeing, swimming/fishing holes, free camping
Consrocky, mostly gravel roads & jeep trails
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles600
Miles Of Trail29
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1666 to 3940 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
Commentmostly gravel roads & rocky jeep trails

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesOregon ATV Permit stickers required
Dates OpenClosed
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)Oregon ATV noise limits apply (all vehicles limit 99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedOregon ATV Permit stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Prohibited
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
very rocky trails
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsNo Restriction
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)Three Rivers Community Hospital (541) 472-7000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)Chevron (541) 592-3080
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Chevron (541) 592-3080
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (NE)Mountain Man RV Park (541) 592-2656
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NE)Mountain Man RV Park (541) 592-2656
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)Mountain Man RV Park (541) 592-2656
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Speedy Mart & Deli (541) 592-2814
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteRock Creek
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)Smith River NRA
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (E)Applegate Lake

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSiskiyou National Forest - Wild Rivers Ranger District
26568 Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR 97523
(541) 592-4000
(541) 471-6500
www.fs.fed.us
Contact InfoOregon ATV Safety Education Card
(877) 772-3359
atv.info@state.or.us
www.rideatvoregon.org

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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

Scenic view at Mcgrew Trail

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

Mcgrew Trail Photo

Scenic view at 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 is a small gravel pit or play area along the main road.

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

Scenic view of 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

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

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 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

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

Another scenic view from the main road.

Mcgrew Trail Photo

Mcgrew Trail

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

Mcgrew Trail Photo

Scenery from 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

OHV at Mcgrew Trail

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

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