Mule Creek Trail #1159

The Mule Creek trail is located in the Wild Rogue Wilderness. This trail was constructed in the early 1900s and historically has been used by miners and other early settlers as a pack trail to bring supplies in. The Forest Service also used it to reach the lookout tower at Hanging Rock and the guard station at Marial. Hikers will enjoy a part of our history as well as views, wildflowers and wildlife.

The best time to hike the trail is in the Spring or Fall. Summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees °F on south facing slopes. Camping along the trail is at dispersed sites. Carry water with you. Water is available near the south trailhead at the Rogue River Ranch. The water at Tucker Flat Campground is not potable. North trailhead has no spring water. Rattlesnakes and poison oak are present, use caution.

The north end of the trail connects with the Panther Ridge Trail. The south end of the trail is 0.5 mile from the Rogue River Ranch. The Rogue River National Recreation Trail can be accessed from here as well as the Historic Kelsey Pack Trail.

At a Glance

Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Illahe, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Use Mule Creek North Trailhead or Mule Creek South Trailhead

General Notes:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
400 feet - 2,800 feet range