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Rebuilt by Sierra Club volunteers and Forest Service Trail Crew in August of 1990, the Dunlop Trail travels past some beautiful meadows, an interesting old homestead site, and some of the oldest Ponderosa Pines. The trail ends in the canyon of South Fork of Little Butte Creek, where fishing for small cutthroat and rainbow trout is usually very good, although the way up or down stream from the trails end is quite rugged.

Horses are permitted only as far as the meadows. Beyond the meadows the trail is designated hiker only.

The Dunlop Ranch was said to have been settled by a bootlegger referred to as ‘old man Dunlop’ in the 1920′s. During the 1930′s a family named Nickerson ‘got by’ raising mohair goats, whose hides were used for car upholstery and convertible tops. The site has been abandoned since the late 1930′

Directions: From Ashland: Drive east on Highway 66 past the Ashland Ranger Station to the Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Turn left on to Peak Road (just past Lily Glen Horse Camp). Turn left onto the Shell Peak road and stay to the right at the first fork in the road and you will soon come up to the National Forest Boundary (approximately 1.6 miles since leaving Dead Indian Highway). Once on the National Forest the Shell Peak road is #2500100 follow it another 5 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is parking for 5 or 6 cars.

Seasonal Access: Normally Accessible: May-October

Facility Type: Trail

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