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Mountain of the Rogue Trail system temporarily closes for improvements

Mountain bikers have one last weekend to enjoy the Mountain of the Rogue Trail System in Rogue River before improvements close the popular trail system for a month and a half. Photo by Leslie Kehmeier, Mapping Manager, International Mountain Bicycling Association, via the BLM Oregon and Washington Flickr page.

Hikers and bikers have this weekend left to enjoy the trails on Mountain of the Rogue before a series of upgrades close the trail system near Rogue River for the next month and a half.

From May 2 through June 16, the Bureau of Land Management will close the 13-mile trail system around Tin Pan Peak in order to safely accommodate construction of a new parking area, among other improvements, according to a release from the BLM’s Medford office.

The new lot will more than double parking capacity to 35 spaces, and construction crews will implement improvements so traffic flows in a one-way loop, according to BLM. Crews will also landscape an area near the parking lot to create a picnic area.

BLM Butte Falls field manager Jared Nichol stated in the release that increased usage of the trail system prompted BLM to expand.

“The existing parking area has become too small for the current use and is often overflowing, causing safety issues and poor access,” Nichol stated in the release.

For safety reasons, all trails and the trailhead will be closed until BLM finishes construction.

The MTB Project has named the trail system one of the top 20 mountain bike destinations on BLM-managed public lands in the country.

The trail system, maintained with help from the Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association, includes a new beginner flow trail, designed so that the trail gets more technically challenging the farther riders climb.

For the latest on Mountain of the Rogue, see blm.gov/programs/recreation/mountainbike/mnt-of-rogue.