Mt. Bailey Trail Cross Country Skiing
The 6th most popular XC Ski in Oregon.
Wednesday 3 August 2016 02:32 GMT
Southeast of Eugene near Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest, the Mt. Bailey Trail #1451 is a 5 mile climb over 3,100 feet through mountain hemlock-true fir to above the treeline.
The cross country ski trailhead is on FS4795 off SR138 south of Roseburg.
Sno-park is located on Highway 230, 2.7 miles west of the Highway 138 junction. There is parking for about 20 vehicles and a sno-park permit is required. The sno-park is also used by snowmobilers to access the high country around Mt. Bailey and beyond. The Silent Creek Trail originates here also. A post with blue diamond and skier will be on the right. Elevation here is 5390. This is a fun trail, especially if someone has already broken track. You will reach Silent Creek in about 1.2 miles, where you can take the "new" right hand loop which follows the creek on the southeast side. The intersection of the Mt. Bailey Trail is about 1.5 miles, and the Diamond Lake Loop snowmobile trail at about 2 miles. The trail picks up just across the road and intersects the Horse N Teal Trail at a 2.3 miles. The arched bridge over Silent Creek and the quietly flowing water make this a very beautiful spot.
To reach the Three Lakes Sno-Park from the intersection of I-5 and SR 138 in Roseburg, go east on SR 138 for about 80 miles to SR 230 (just past Diamond Lake.) Turn right and go 2.7 miles to Sno-Park parking area.
The Mt Bailey Trail intersects the Silent Creek Trail at the 5200 elevation and climbs to the northwest eventually reaching the summit at 5 miles and 8363 in elevation. Obviously for the experience skier only. This is avalanche country so dont go alone and be prepared.
Overall, Mt. Bailey Trail is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 23 Nordic ski destinations in Oregon. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Mt. Bailey Trail including Mt. Thielsen Trail, North Crater Trail and Howlock Mountain Trail.