Rogue River National Recreation Trail #1160


Rogue River

The trail is a designated National Recreation Trail for hikers only, which follows the Lower Rogue Wild and Scenic River. While a segment travels through the Wild Rogue Wilderness, this river corridor trail is managed under Wild and Scenic River direction. The 16 miles from Big Bend to Marial Creek are on lands managed by the Forest Service. The additional 26 miles to the Graves Creek Bridge are managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The Rogue River National Recreation Trail, stretching 40 miles between Grave Creek and Big Bend, offers some of southwestern Oregon’s most amazing landscapes and rewarding hiking experiences. See the trail Brochure (2,647 KB PDF) and Map (1,216 KB PDF) .

There are many picturesque vistas, including churning whitewater flowing through rock gorges with nearly vertical walls, towering cliffs and majestic stands of large Douglas-fir and incense cedar. The Rogue River supports an interesting and diverse wildlife population, including black bear, river otter, deer, raccoon, osprey, bald eagle and rattlesnakes.

Expect to see rafting parties on the river and camping on the sandy beaches. Below Blossom Bar, jet boats are allowed for the private and commercial lodges, fishing and for tour boats.

There are numerous campsites along the trail. Although creeks offer water, remember that this water must be adequately treated before drinking. Remember: Pack it in, pack it out!

Fire pans are required within 400 feet of the river's edge, when fire restrictions allow their use. Always check current fire restriction prior to your trip. Hikers can use a fire blanket, heavy aluminum foil, or whatever works in the fire. Fire residues should be packed out of the canyon with other garbage.

Trails that access the Wild Rogue Wilderness include the Mule Creek Trail #1159 and Clay Hill Trail #1160A.

The trail gets extremely hot in the summer--prepare for temperatures that can hover in the 90s in the peak summer months.

Protect the wildlife: Hang food or use bear boxes when provided and keep your camp clean and free of food to avoid encounters with black bears.

Poison oak is found all along the trail, but can be easily avoided if visitors stay on the trail.

Mountain bikes, motorized vehicles, and horses are prohibited.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Use Lower Rogue River - Foster Bar Trailhead or Lower Rogue River - Mule Creek Trailhead

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  Area/Length : 
42.0 miles