Bolt Mountain – Running in Southern Oregon

View from Bold Mountain

Early on in my training for the Mount Ashland Hill Climb, I decided to run the Bold Mountain trail. This is a an out and back 6.5 mile run. Parking is either just inside the Fish Hatchery Park day use area (need a day or season pass) or just outside on the side of the road away from neighbors driveways.

The first 1 mile or so is flat and mellow, then it heads up hill for the next 2.5 miles. Mile 2 is the rocky section with a bunch of baby heads and looser large rocks. I would say this trail is not for the “unstable” runner, especially on the way back down. My favorite section of this trail happens as you hit mile 2.3 or so. It turns around the west side of the mountain and into a forested / tree covered section of the trail. I’ve seen Eagles fly out of here in the morning as I’m slogging along. Once you reach the last turn before the summit you are welcomed again to a wide open view of the valley’s below on both sides of Bolt Mountain. By the way, I ran with a handheld 20oz water bottle, but was out of water when I got back to the car. There is no drinking water around that I know of…

FYI, This is a multi-use trail. I’ve seen and ridden bikes on it, though I have yet to see anyone on a horse.