Roxy Ann Peak (Medford, Oregon) 18-Dec-2014

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon

Well, we did it. Retired on December 5th and moved to Southern Oregon on December 14th. After loading the truck, we stayed an extra night in Portland to attend the OregonHiker’s (OH) Meet & Deet on the 13th – we really enjoyed the whole event 😀 and the chance to meet some OH icons in person (you know who you are 😉 ). But after a flurry of bare knuckle truck driving, endless unpacking (What happened to downsizing?) and messing with the house, we needed a break. This whole area is pretty new to us, so we thought we’d start with one of the easy local favorites – Roxy Ann Peak in the city’s Prescott Park.

We started in fog but broke out of the low clouds that were filling the Rogue Valley (technically the Bear Creek Valley) just before reaching the trailhead.

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Clouds often fill the valley in winter

It was quite a frothy soup of clouds down below us,

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
The valley, froth with clouds

but we spent our whole hike above the clouds, with a view of Mount Ashland and Wagner Butte in the distance.

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
On the horizon – Mount Ashland (L) and Wagner Butte (R)

The park’s road/trail system is straightforward and the Madrone Trail took us up through groves of oaks and madrones to Ponderosa pines at the summit.

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
On the Madrone Trail

From the peak’s southeast ridge, we got a killer view of Mount McLoughlin to the east (on our “to do” list for a late Spring snow climb).

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Mount McLoughlin
Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Mount McLoughlin

We could also look south to Grizzly Peak, which we’d hiked earlier this year,

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Grizzly Peak (arrow)

and to Pilot Rock which we got snowed off of last May!

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Pilot Rock (arrow)

The Loved One attempted to part the clouds,

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Part! Part, I say!

but gave that up in favor of attention-seeking behavior.

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Me! Me! Me! Look! Look!

We stopped for a snack at the North Overlook,

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Looking north toward Portland…

then headed back on the Ponderosa Trail, which gave us a good view of Grayback Mountain, which we’d hiked last summer.

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Grayback Mountain (arrow)
Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
Grayback Mountain

And then we were done.

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
End of the trail

This was a good leg stretch (5 miles round-trip; 700 feet of elevation gain) with great views – a nice break from unpacking boxes! 😀 (Update: Prescott Park has added more trails and an additional parking lot since our first visit there.)

Roxy Ann Peak Prescott Park Medford Oregon
The track of our first hike to Roxy Ann

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