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Tank of Gas Getaway: Red Buttes Wilderness

Red Buttes Wilderness — Welcome to this week’s Tank of Gas Getaway. We are out in the Red Buttes Wilderness. It’s where we started last season we promised we would be back because there are so many amazing trails. We are headed into the wilderness so bring your sense of adventure.

Sonny Moore with the U.S. Forest Service said, “The Red Buttes is one our biggest attractions offering a lot trails”

A reminder the Red Buttes Wilderness is up above Applegate Lake expanding across Oregon and California. To get there, you need to head past the lake, past Seattle bar and onto the forest roads. Make a sharp right hand turn as the road dead ends. Then follow Forest Road 1040. After a ways you will take a left on to this bridge. If you go straight you will head onto 1035, which goes up the mountain.

Off of 1040, Frog’s Pond is the third trail head you come across. You’ll be way out in the wilderness, so always a good idea to let people know where your headed.

You’ll be mainly in the shade for the trip up, but if it’s hot out you will feel it. The trail snakes up the mountain for just under two miles until you finally reach Frog’s Pond.

Depending on what time of year you hike, the pond level will vary, but the meadow always puts on a spectacular view and it’s a great place to stop, but there are bugs again depending on when you go. So if you stop you will have to contend with them if you have lunch there.

If you want to continue on you can head up the Cameron Meadows Trail that connects back to the forest road.

We hope you enjoyed this Tank of Gas Getaway in the Red Buttes Wilderness.

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