Cathedral Hills is a delightful trail system with what may be the most dazzling spring wildflower display you will ever see. Located on the outskirts of Grants Pass, this BLM trail network features over 10 miles of horse trails that explore the surrounding hills. Despite the area’s close proximity to town, you’ll feel like you are way out in the woods. The trails are excellent, and the spring wildflowers are an added bonus.
The Cathedral Hills trails are open to bicyclists, hikers, and horseback riders. The perimeter trails go up on and around the neighboring hills, and cross trails create connections so you can ride loops of varying lengths. Some of the connector trails go up and down pretty steep hills so they are open only to hikers and bikes. Even so, equestrians have miles and miles of trail, with plenty of options for varying your routes. The trails are well maintained and have excellent footing. The forest of madrones, oaks, and firs creates a shady canopy in summer, and the spring wildflowers are breathtaking.
The trail system has 3 trailheads, but the only parking for trailers is at the Espey Road trailhead.
Ride Statistics: You’ll find 10+ miles of horse trails at Cathedral Hills, with opportunities for several loops of varying lengths.
Getting to Cathedral Hills: Take Exit 55 from I-5 in Grants Pass and head west on Hwy. 199 (Redwood Hwy.) In 2.3 miles, turn left on Hwy. 238 toward Jacksonville. Drive 2.8 miles and turn left on Espey Road. Continue 0.3 mile to the Espey Road trailhead.
Trailhead Facilities: Toilet, designated parking for 5 trailers, picnic table, garbage cans, and benches. No fee.
More Information: The Cathedral Hills trails are covered in Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2014).