Upper Rogue River Trail #1034 - Big Bend

The trail rises and falls with frequent switchbacks following gullies in the terrain. Two miles south, a steep forested slope overlooks Farewell Bend Campground across the Upper Rogue River. At the southern end of the campground area, the trail momentarily descends to river level to view the river raging through the long, narrow chute of a collapsed lava tube. Continuing south, the trail will wander away from the river.

One mile south of the Flat Creek crossing, the trail junctions with a tie-thru trail which leads to a footbridge crossing the Upper Rogue River. This bridge provides access to the Rogue Gorge Trail and the north end of the Natural Bridge Campground. Continuing south on the Upper Rogue River Trail for the final mile of this segment leads to the Natural Bridge Viewpoint and footbridge. This area is 0.5 mile west of Highway 62, accessible by Forest Road 300.

NOTE: Flat Creek has no bridge and must be waded. Water levels can be high in spring and after heavy rains.

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: June - October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mountain bikes, motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited.
Closest Towns:
  • Prospect, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


The trail begins at the Big Bend Trailhead on Forest Road 6510, 1 mile west of Highway 230. The route starts at the road, climbs a rocky embankment, and traverses a steep slope overlooking the Upper Rogue River.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
3,300 feet