Starting at Walton Lake, Round Mountain Tr805 ascends a long, sustained grade to the summit of Round Mountain, followed by a steep descent to FR42.
From Walton Lake, Round Mountain Tr805 switchbacks to a bench then ascends steeply to the summit, followed by a steep descent to FR42.
The trail offers a great northern view of the Cascade range, and can be combined with Lookout Mountain Tr804 as a full day semi-epic ride.
Even at high elevation, the spring melt occurs sooner in the Ochoco mountains than in the Cascade range, making this a late Spring to Fall ride.
The best non-shuttle (and non-multi-peak) option is an 8mi OAB to Round Mountain Summit from Walton Lake.
There are some signal transponders at the Round Mountain summit, but no cell service exists in this area. The area is also relatively dry, so bring plenty of water.
Do not explore the Motherlode mine or mine tailing areas due to hazardous conditions. Baneberry Tr812 offers a short hike to an abandoned miners camp.
Round Mountain Trail 805
Walton Lake Trail 809
Canyon Creek Campground, Ochoco Campground, Walton Lake Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.