Rhododendron Trail

At A Glance


1.1 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.1
Steepness: Few Hills
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Hikes That Use This Trail: Summit and Rhododendron Trail Loop


The upper segment goes along the nearly-level summit ridge through some neat virgin red oak forests, with stout, gnarly trees. Rocky drop-offs are to the northeast; a gentler slope is southwest so the trail splits two very different sections of forest. There is a short spur out to Luther Rock, with a great view. The lower segment is in the sunny forest just down slope from the ridge. The walk totals 1.1 miles in length and it's listed as "strenuous" in park literature, but I'd call it moderate with only moderately rough trail tread conditions. Part of the Summit/Rhododendron Trail Hike.

Intersecting Trails

  • Lost Province
  • Summit
  • This trail is located in the Mount Jefferson State Natural Area area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Mount Jefferson State Natural Area trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Mount Jefferson - Rhododendron Lower Segment

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.43 mi

    Mount Jefferson - Rhododendron Upper Segment

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.28 mi

    Mount Jefferson - Luther Rock Extension

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 337 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 0.77 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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