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12. Prescott Park

A hike, jog, bike ride or horseback ride through Prescott Park in east Medford is a great way to spend a few hours any time of year. And if you've got a dog who loves to walk and meet other dogs, it's definitely a good place to go.

If you make it all the way to the park's highest point — Roxy Ann Peak — you'll have bird's-eye views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

The city acquired 1,740 acres atop Roxy Ann Peak in 1933 and named the park in honor of George J. Prescott, a police officer who died in the line of duty.

A series of trails — Madrone, Manzanita, Oak, Ponderosa, North Overlook and Little Roxy Ann — weave their way up and around the 3,576-foot-tall extinct volcano, as well as a road. For mountain bikers, a series of new trails built just for them run from the top of Roxy Ann Peak to the parking area at the end of Roxy Ann Drive.

To reach the park, go east on Hillcrest Road past Cherry Lane and look for a small, green sign where Roxy Ann Road veers left off Hillcrest.

The gravel road passes one gate that is locked around sunset and a second gate, a mile from Hillcrest, where vehicles can park.

Signs in the park warn about cougars, ticks, rattlesnakes and poison oak, but don’t let those threats stop you from enjoying a picnic and taking in some of the best views you can get of Medford.

Dave Ouellette of Medford strolls through Prescott Park on Roxy Ann Peak. [Mail Tribune / file photo]