Kerby Peak (Selma, Oregon) 10-Apr-2016

Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon

The trail up Kerby Peak from the White Creek Road Trailhead is steep and challenging but well graded and rewards your efforts with wonderful views of the Illinois Valley, the Siskiyou Crest, and beyond.  The trail apparently dates back to 1915 (or earlier) and was heavily used when a fire lookout sat atop the peak. The lookout was burned in 1966 and a new trail was constructed in 1978 but soon fell into disrepair. It was revived by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the late 1990s when they restored both the trail and its current trailhead on White Creek Road. We hiked it for the first time during the snowless winter of 2015 (post). Today we thought we’d see what it was like when the weather was warmer (but not too warm) and any snow was (almost) gone. This was one of those days when we climbed out of a valley mired in fog into blue sky – and big views – above. Great views and an equally great workout (6.4 miles round-trip; 2,600 feet of elevation gain).

Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
For its first mile, the trail climbs steeply through second-growth forest
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
An overlook awaits at the end of the steep part
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
We hit only one patch of snow on the ridge leading out to the peak
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
Otherwise the trail was open and snow-free
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
Almost to the top…
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
From the summit, Preston Peak and Point 5459 (foreground) to the south
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
The peaks in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness were barely visible to the west
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
All the valleys to the north were still cloud-filled
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
Mount McLoughlin was just above the clouds to the east
Kerby Peak Illinois Valley Oregon
Our track to Kerby Peak

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