Tin Pan Peak is the unofficial name of Point 2360, the highest point in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Mountain of the Rogue Trail System. All of these trails were designed for mountain biking – some are reserved for just that but some are open for hiking too. For hikers these are gently-graded trails that make the 7 mile (11 km), 1,300 foot (396 m) climb to the summit and back easy on the knees. The trails are swarmed with riders on weekends, so weekdays are best for a hike. We’d just had a bout of wet weather and were expecting more wet (plus snow). Today, however, was a doughnut hole of clarity just two days after the official start of our winter – one that cried out for (or at least suggested) a hike.

We left the trailhead from a valley clogged with fog (and with air temperatures below freezing) and climbed gradually up into clear blue skies and warm air. 😎 Nice! The views from the summit were excellent! 🙂 We were the only car at the trailhead when we left but it was more than half full when we got back just after noon. We passed (or were passed by) about eight or so riders as we ascended the Sasquatch Trail and descended the RAT Pack Trail – all of them either pushing their bikes or grinding slowly uphill in anticipation of a screaming ride down one of the bike-only trails. We were happy to step aside and let them grind (or push) on by. Another good day on what has become something of a locally classic hike. 😀

Under the fog…
And in the cold…
Tin Pan Peak emerges from the mists
Almost above the fog
A blackberry vine in winter
The fog neatly fills the Rogue River Valley
On the Sasquatch Trail
Farther up the trail
A dead madrone root exfoliates
Above the valley fog, with a slash fire on the far hillside
The tourist attraction atop Tin Pan Peak – the one that made Jared Hood famous
Grants Pass (G) still mired in fog with the City of Rogue River (R) out in the sun
Mount McLoughlin to the east
Going back
Our track to and from Tin Pan Peak