“Huff n’ Puff Before You Stuff”, in our great Southern Oregon Outdoors!

Take a hike- If you want a moderate hike to get the metabolism revved up before stuffing your face with mashed potatoes, turkey, ham and pecan pie, try either Roxy Ann Peak Trail or for a more challenging pre-holiday exercise session, consider Wagner Creek. See more information below.

Roxy Ann Peak Trail

This is a moderate trail that is about 4.9 miles in length. It is a heavily trafficked loop trail located near Medford. The trail offers equestrian trails and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be leashed. From the top, there are panoramic views of the entire valley with Medford as your centerpiece. Stay on the trail if you want to avoid the abundance of poison oak.


Wagner Butte

This is a tougher 11-mile trail considered hard by most travelers. It is lightly trafficked and located near Talent, Oregon. The trail features wildflowers and wildlife and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding. It is ideal to hike on it March through October., but with the mild weather this season it is still doable. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Be prepared to get sweaty during the uphill climb, but the views are worth every grueling step you take. There is a parking lot on the right-hand side of the road, but the trailhead is actually on the left-hand side as you come up the road from Talent.


Take a fitness class – Here are a couple of ways that you can feel the burn before your stomach churns.

Orangetheory Fitness in Medford always offers your first class free. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, they have classes that start as early as 5:15 am all the way through 8:00 pm in the evening. For a complete schedule, check out this link: https://medford.orangetheoryfitness.com/.

  • 171 Rossanley Drive
  • Medford, OR
  • 458-202-1229

Ashland YMCA has a range of classes to choose from on the day before Thanksgiving that include: Aqua Zumba, Total Body Blast, Pilates/Yoga Blend, TRX or Senior Circuit. You will need to pay for a guest pass to take a class though. Here is their calendar: https://groupexpro.com/schedule/821/?view=calendar.

  • 540 YMCA Way
  • Medford, OR
  • 541-482-9622

Jump around – Nothing like getting some energy out before you sit down to a leisurely dinner with friends that is sure to go on for hours. Why not get a bouncy workout in with the kids or without them! Here are a couple of ways to get the whole family moving.

Rogue Air Trampoline Park is open Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm So, you have ample time to get over there before the holiday. And during the week, it is less expensive to jump around (only $10 per hour instead of $12 on weekends). Participants must be over 13 to be on their own at the Park or accompanied by an adult.

  • 510 Medford Ctr.
  • Medford, OR
  • 541-200-1100


The Court House Family Fitness in Medford has many ways that you can jump around. There is basketball, soccer, baseball, and even High Fitness or Power Circuit Training. This unique facility has turf for all your favorite sports, camps, and group fitness classes. The membership rates are affordable too. Your entire family can participate for $80 a month. That is something to jump up and down about!

  • 709 N. Phoenix Road
  • Medford, OR
  • 541-245-0432

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