It’s no secret that southern Oregon is a trail runner’s paradise. With plentiful singletrack, rolling hills, and huge swaths of serene pine forest, the region offers nearly limitless route options. Better yet? Some of the area’s best local trails lie within a 15-minute drive of Medford.
For a local standby, check out this 5.8-mile loop, which winds through the lovingly maintained Britt Woods, a neighborhood woodland that hosts everything from 10K races to summer concerts. The loop will take you through rolling oak and pine forest, around 1860s-era gold mining sites, and past Oregon’s oldest giant sequoia. Here’s everything you need to know to pull it off.
About Britt Woods
Britt Woods was named for Peter Britt, the Oregon pioneer who once owned this 80-acre estate before it was sold to the City of Jacksonville as a public resource in the early ’90s. (Of course, before European pioneers took over, the land was inhabited by a number of Native tribes, and the Modoc, Shasta, Siletz, and other peoples still consider it part of their ancestral homeland.)
Today, Britt Woods is a neighborhood treasure frequented by hikers, dog walkers, and trail runners alike. The forest is also the setting for the annual Britt Woods Firehouse Run, a fun 4.3-mile trail race (and 10K invitational) that’s become something of a local classic. It’s also home to the Britt Pavilion, which hosts a popular outdoor concert series each summer.