Take a Hike: Norling Gulch Loop

The six-mile loop is one of the longest trails among the web of 24 that make up Jacksonville Forest Park.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 5:14 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 10:37 PM

JACKSONVILLE—A rainy spring in southern Oregon has thrown a curveball to the hiking community.

There are trails that are still inaccessible because of snow, so some ambitious plans have been scaled back for the time being.

In this week’s Take a Hike, NewsWatch 12’s Jake Garcia is at Norling Gulch Loop—a six-mile trail that’s part of Jacksonville Forest Park.

Of the web of 24 different trails within the park, Norling Trail is one of the longest and most strenuous, as it features about 1,500 feet of incline.

Be forewarned, this trail is entirely within a dense forest of trees, and panoramic views of the Rogue Valley are minimal.

Though there’s no shortage of signs and maps, it’s difficult to stay on the right path.

An app like AllTrails that gives you a real-time map comes recommended.

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