Near Prospect in the Rogue River National Forest, the Cold Springs Trail (#1073 / 2.6 mi. / 300) begins by traveling through a logged over area. Beyond that, the trail passes through a series of dry meadows, separated by stands of Shasta red fir. Wildflowers are abundant in early summer, including Indian paintbrush, dwarf lupine, and larkspur. The early morning mountain bike rider may see deer grazing in the meadows. One mile from the trailhead is Paul Bunyons grave. The grave, located on the north side of the trail, is a large pile of loose rock marked by a porcelain sign. The trail may be difficult to follow across the meadows. Cairns (piled rocks) mark the way across the meadows, while tree blazes can be found in the forested parts of the trail. We recommend that you carry your own water. The springs are not a reliable water source due to livestock in the area. Folklore indicates that Red Blanket Creek and Mountain were named in the early 1860s after a white man purchased a large parcel of land from a group of Indians for one red blanket. The name may have also commemorated a 19th century Klamath chief who was known to the whites as Red Blanket. Access: From Prospect, travel east on the Prospect Butte Falls Hwy. for 1 mile and turn left onto Red Blanket road. Travel on Red Blanket road for 0.2 miles to Forest road #6205. Turn left onto road #6205, and proceed 4.5 miles to the junction with road #6205-100. Turn left onto Road 100 and continue 7.7. miles to the trailhead.
Overall, Cold Springs Trail is the 23rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.