Near Keno in the Rogue River National Forest, the Brown Mountain Trail (#1005) is 7.8 miles in length and runs from Lake of the Woods on the Winema National Forest to Forest Road #3705 on the Rogue River National Forest. This guide describes only the 5.3 miles on the Rogue River National Forest. This section of the Brown Mountain trail is a delightful mountain bike ride along the southern flanks of Brown Mountain. Passing through a shaded, old-growth forest, the trail offers opportunities for morel mushroom hunting in the late spring; shade-loving wildflowers such as orchids and trilliums blanket the forest floor in early summer; good huckleberry picking in late summer; brilliant fall colors. Water sources are untested and should be considered unsafe to drink. Beginning on Forest Road #3705, the trail follows the South Fork of Little Butte Creek. At 1.5 miles the trail crosses road #500 and continues through the forest alongside the creek, which now becomes swampy and abounds with willows. At 2.5 miles you cross road #560 and at 2.9 miles you cross the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. While the trail skirts the massive lava flows of Brown Mountain, the mountain is mostly hidden from view by the forest. Between 3.6 and 3.9 miles the mountain and lava flows can be viewed through the trees. At 5.2 miles the trail forks; the trail to the, !left continues to Lake of the Woods (2.5 miles); follow the trail to the right 0.1 as to road #3640.
Access #1 (Forest Road #3705): From Ashland Ranger Station, take Highway 66 east for 1/2 mile to Dead Indian Hwy. Turn left onto Dead Indian Hwy. and travel 22 miles to Forest Road #37 (Big Elk Rd.). Turn left onto Road #37 and proceed 6 miles to Forest Road #3705. Turn right onto Pd. #3705 and continue 3.5 miles to the trailhead. Parking is available for 4-5 vehicles using turnouts on the rosa. Note: If you have two vehicles, leave one vehicle here and shuttle the second vehicle to Access #2. Park the second car there and hike a gentle downhill grade back to the first car! (Note that trail description oust now be read in reverse.) Access #2 (Forest Road 3640): Follow directions to the trailhead in Access #1. From this trailhead, proceed southeast on Road #3705 for 1 mile to the Junction with Forest Road #3720. Turn left onto Road #3720 and continue for 1.5 miles to the junction with Road #700. Turn left onto Road #700 and proceed 3 miles to Road 3640. Turn left again, and continue 1.5 miles to the intermediate trailhead. There is no developed parking, but a spur road about 200 ft. north of trail is adequate for 2 cars.
Overall, Brown Mountain Trail is the 39th most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.