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Anderson Gap

  • Length:
    11.8 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Medford
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, Rural, Wildlife Views

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Start southeast on Samike Dr 0.1 miles (181 meters)
Slight right onto E South Stage Rd 515 feet (157 meters)
Continue onto S Stage Rd 3.4 miles (5514 meters)
Turn left to stay on Griffin Creek Rd 4.3 miles (6849 meters)
Continue onto Anderson Butte Rd 1.6 miles (2621 meters)
Turn left to stay on Anderson Butte Rd 486 feet (148 meters)

The road to Anderson Gap is one of only a few paved one-lane roads that climb into the mountains above the Bear Creek Valley. It does this in spectacular fashion. It isn’t long, but I have found it to be the most difficult climb in the Rogue Valley. The average gradient is 9.1%. It climbs from 2,100 feet in elevation to 4,100 feet in a little over 4 miles on pavement that makes county chipseal look like a smooth wooden track. The pavement is so coarse that mixed with the sharp curves, the high speeds one would expect to reach on the descent are impossible. With all that going against it, it is still one of my favorite short solo rides in the valley. Very quickly you get to some of the best views of the valley floor and as you get higher you can see north into the Cascades all the way to Diamond Peak and Mt. Thielsen 90 miles away. The view to the west looks down on the Sterling Creek drainage with the Red Buttes above.

About This Ride:
No doubt, it’s a toughy, but the climb isn’t long and it isn’t very far from other great roads in the Medford area, so it can be incorporated into a longer ride. If you start in East Medford it can be done as an out-and-back ride of about 30 miles. There is a great viewpoint at about 3,000 feet in elevation.

Directions:
Take South Stage Rd. from Medford/Jacksonville to the intersection with Griffin Creek Rd. Follow Griffin Creek left for 2 miles until Griffin Creek Road continues on a marked left turn. After two miles of moderate climbing, the road narrows and steepens at a sign marked Anderson Butte Road. This climbs to the Gap, where the pavement ends. If your bike is capable of riding on gravel, the road left continues around Anderson Butte and can be navigated to Anderson Creek Road into Talent. If you do this, you’ll get the open expansive views of the Little Applegate Valley with another 800 feet of climbing and long steep descents on gravel roads. Anderson Creek Road isn’t marked so contact us if you would like directions.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Very light

Seasons: Spring to fall

This ride brought to you by Siskiyou Velo.

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