Wild Rogue Wilderness


Wild Rogue Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the Wild Rogue Wilderness in 1978 and it now maintains 36,453 acres. Surrounding the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, the rugged canyon landscape of the Wild Rogue Wilderness provides watershed protection for the Wild portion of the river. The area is characterized by steep terrain of near vertical cliffs, razor-sharp ridges and cascading mountain creeks. Look for diverse flora and fauna among the near vertical cliffs, razor-sharp ridges and cascading waters of numerous mountain creeks of the Rogue River watershed.

While the Rogue River flows through the core of the Wilderness, legislation specifically directed that it be managed under Wild and Scenic River direction. Because of this, there are some activities and development, such as motorboat use and lodges, which would normally not occur in a wilderness. The Rogue River is nationally known for its salmon and steelhead fishing and whitewater rafting opportunities, both of which require permits.

Approximately 15 miles of the 40 mile Rogue River National Recreation Trail #1160 provides year-round hiker only access to the river corridor from Graves Creek down to Illahe. The Panther Ridge Trail #1253 follows Panther Ridge from Clay Hill to Buck Point along the upper elevation of the northern wilderness border. A side trail provides access to the unique vista of Hanging Rock, which is a large rock outcrop on a sheer vertical cliff. It provides excellent views into Eden Valley and the Rogue River Canyon. Other outstanding views can be obtained from the Mt. Bolivar Trail #1259 which provides access to the summit of Mt. Bolivar at 4,319 feet. The Mule Creek Trail, located on the Bureau of Land management portion of the wilderness, provides a steep route on an out mining trail between the river and Panther Ridge. In general cross country travel is not advised due to steep slopes and heavy vegetation.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Gold Beach, OR
Operated By: Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Along the river you may see deer and otters, or even black bears looking for a meal of salmon. Bears, grown accustomed to easy pickings from boaters, may prove a nuisance in numerous campsites. Birds abound, such as fish eating osprey and great blue heron and lizards hasten over the dry slopes above the water. Ticks and rattlesnakes are often encountered. The river corridor is also excellent habitat for poison oak, whose stems and shiny leaves in groups of three can be a problem throughout the year. Mosquitoes are present during a good part of the season and yellow jackets can be a nuisance during the typically hot, rainless summer days.

Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of this unique area.

Trailheads and Trails that access Wild Rogue Wilderness at Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest

General Notes:

Topo maps

Agness, Brandy Peak, Eden Valley, Illahe, Kelsey Peak, Marial, Mount Bolivar. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.

Buy maps online

Go to the National Forest Store.


Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.



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