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Big Red Mountain, OR July 2019

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Big Red is one of several mountains along the Siskiyou Divide. From road 40S29, the hike is relatively easy, starting through the timber and then it opens up for a moderate but short climb to the top. I did not keep track of details but my memory guestimates a fairly easy 1/2 mi hike, about 200' gain, Big Red has fascinating rock and crystal formation on it. Abundance of wildflowers in early summer. So lots of rock, a few trees on top for setting up and no interference. Spectacular 360 view of the area including Monogram Lakes, a few small natural mountain lakes below.

Big Red is one of many mountains I have wanted to hike for years but never took the time until SOTA. The PCT winds around it and a historic trail, Seven Mile Ridge Trail, starts at Big Red and follows the ridge down and finishes pretty much at our family ranch near the Little Applegate River. I have hiked Seven Mile Ridge before but never had been to the summit. So far it is one of my favorites but I may be a little biased to this area near our property :)

There are a couple ways to access Big Red. We chose going up from Talent to Wagner Cr Rd. to Wagner Gap. At the cattle guard turn left on NF Road 22 until you reach the intersection with NF Road 20, near Siskiyou Gap. Take NF Road 20 right (west). This road can be pretty rough at times. Have good tires, a spare, and higher clearance may help in some areas. We turned at jeep road FS 40S29, parked at ridge and followed a makeshift trail to the summit ridge. Currently, it has many cut rounds in the way that FS left from 2018 Hendrix Fire. You can instead go just a bit further down FS RD20 and park on the side of the road and hike up the large meadow. I would not recommend going further toward the west facing side to hike, as it is very rocky and steep, and probably not safe. By memory, I believe there was cellular service.